New Iberia teen killed in crash while riding his bike in Jeanerette

Monday, October 29, 2012 - 12:15pm

A 17-year-old was killed in Iberia Parish on Saturday after he was hit by a car.

The Louisiana State Police report that Jaquil Provost of New Iberia was riding his bike down LA Hwy 182 in Jeanerette, La on Saturday, Oct. 27 shortly after 9:00 p.m. At the same time a car driven by Harold Racca, 73, of New Iberia was traveling down the same road. Racca hit the teen, and stopped to provide assistance.

Provost was transported to Iberia General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Troopers say the bike was not equipped with any form of lighting, and Provost was riding his bike roughly four feet from the white fog line.

Racca was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and he did not sustain any injuries.

The crash is still under investigation.

Louisiana law requires that an operator of a bicycle, when in use at nighttime, shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear. A reflector is required on each side facing outward at a right angle to the bicycle frame and shall be visible from all distances within six hundred feet to one hundred feet to the rear when directly in front of lower beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of five hundred feet to the rear may be used in addition to the red reflector. Also, every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable.

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