Bicyclist killed in East Baton Rouge Parish crash

Published 10:17 am Sunday, September 26, 2021

Baton Rouge – Shortly after 11 p.m. on September 25, 2021, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a fatal crash involving a bicyclist on US Hwy 61 north of Pecue Lane in East Baton Rouge Parish. The crash claimed the life of 46-year-old Adam Plaisance of Prairieville.

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as Plaisance was traveling northbound in the left northbound lane of US Hwy 61on his bicycle. At the same time, a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder was traveling northbound on US Hwy 61 behind the bicyclist. For reasons still under investigation, the Nissan struck the rear of the bicycle.

Plaisance sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the Nissan was properly restrained and was not injured.  Impairment is unknown at this time, but toxicology samples were taken from the Plaisance and the driver of the Nissan for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State Troopers wish 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 and avoiding injuries.  Louisiana law requires bicyclists to remain as close to the right of side of the roadway as practicable and obey all traffic laws.