POSTED: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 1:30pm
UPDATED: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 4:05pm
ALBANY, LA — Louisiana State Police Troop A investigated a crash involving a bicycle and a passenger vehicle last night that claimed the life of a young boy. The crash occurred on LA 43 north of US 190 in Livingston Parish shortly before 7:30 p.m.
Troopers' investigation revealed that Kaylin McKinney, 32, of Holden was driving a 2004 Dodge Stratus south on LA 43 when she approached a pair of cyclists riding south, side by side, on the right side of the southbound lane. One of the two cyclists, Brian McCahill Jr.,12, of Hammond, attempted to cross over into the northbound lane as McKinney was attempting to pass and was struck from behind by the vehicle.
McCahill was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was ejected from the bicycle, and sustained serious injuries. He was transported to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Troopers do not suspect impairment to have been a factor in this crash. However, McKinney voluntarily submitted a breath sample to Troopers, which showed that she had no detectable alcohol in her system.
Troopers' investigation revealed that McKinney was driving properly, but was unable to avoid striking McCahill. No charges have been filed in connection with this crash.
Troopers remind cyclists of the importance of safety equipment. Helmets, gloves, proper footwear, and other protective devices are strongly encouraged any time a cyclist rides. While state law requires cyclists under the age of twelve to wear a safety helmet at all times, Troopers strongly encourage everyone to wear a helmet, regardless of age, size, or riding skill. In addition, motorists are reminded of the "3-foot-rule" when passing cyclist. Louisiana law, also known as the Colin Goodier Protection Act, requires motorists passing cyclist to exercise due care and to leave a safe distance not less than three feet until safely clear of the cyclist.