WINN PARISH, La. (Louisiana State Police) - Early Wednesday morning, a crash involving a bicycle killed a man from Eufaula, Oklahoma.
Troopers responded to the crash around 6:55 a.m., which occurred on US Hwy 167, north of Dodson. The crash involved a 2014 GMC pickup, driven by Billy H. Williams Jr., 56, of Tullos, and a bicycle, ridden by Daniel L. Lockridge, 59.
The GMC was northbound on US Hwy 167, in the outside lane, when it collided with the northbound bicycle. Lockridge was riding his bicycle primarily on the northbound outside shoulder and partially in the northbound outside lane when the collision occurred.
Williams Jr. was wearing his seat belt and was not injured. Lockridge was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead.
Routine toxicology tests and charges are pending. The crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind bicyclists to never assume that a motorist can see you. Simple precautions such as wearing an approved bicycle helmet, reflective materials, and avoiding distractions are key to preventing crashes. Louisiana law requires bicyclists to remain as close to the right side of the roadway as possible and obey all traffic laws. Motorists should remain alert at all times and remember the three-foot rule when passing bicycles. Making good choices while in motor vehicles, such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions, can often mean the difference between life and death.
Bicycle helmets are 85% effective in reducing total head and brain injuries. Bicycle helmets are the single most effective way to reduce fatalities due to head injuries. When wearing a bicycle helmet, make sure it fits snugly on your head and the clasp is locked.
In 2018, Troop E has investigated 14 fatal crashes resulting in 14 deaths.