A 34-year-old Gretna, Louisiana, man driving on a suspended license for an undisclosed infraction in another parish recently struck two cyclists in New Orleans training for the Ochsner IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans competition, killing one and breaking the spine of the other.
The bike riders were eastbound on Chef Menteur Hwy. in the 20000 block when the driver in a white Chevrolet Cruze came up behind them in the right lane. According to witness reports, instead of merging into the left passing lane in accordance with Louisiana law, the driver mowed down the cyclists. He struck them with such force that the deceased bounced up onto the windshield and was carried an additional 60 feet before slamming back down onto the roadway.