Bicyclist Struck in Hit-and-Run Crash in Lafayette Parish Dies from Injuries

Published 3:18 pm Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Lafayette Parish – Shortly after 11:15 p.m., on March 8, 2022, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a hit-and-run crash involving a bicyclist that occurred in the 200 block of Louisiana Highway 723 (Brothers Road) in Lafayette Parish. The crash ultimately claimed the life of 57-year-old Stoney R. Loup of Lafayette.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that Loup was riding a bicycle southbound on LA 723 when he was struck from behind by an unknown vehicle. After the collision, the unknown vehicle fled the scene. Loup, after having been struck, was ejected from the bicycle onto the west shoulder of the roadway. He was later transported to a local hospital in non-critical condition.
Through investigative means, and with assistance from the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, Investigators were able to identify the vehicle used in the hit-and-run as a 2011 GMC Sierra. Shortly after the crash, Troopers arrested 40-year-old Vontraya L. Leday, the registered owner of the Sierra, for Felony Hit and Run.
On March 16, 2022, Louisiana State Police was notified Loup died on March 15th from his injuries. This crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind bicyclists to never assume that motorists 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 have proper lighting on the front and rear, visible from 500 feet, as well as reflectors. Bicyclists should remain as close to the right side of the roadway as practicable and obey all traffic laws (See Louisiana Revised Statute 32:329.1). 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.
Troop I has investigated 6 fatal crashes resulting in 8 deaths in 2022.