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Louisiana man jailed in cyclist's death on Chef Menteur

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.

Baton Rouge collision kills motorcyclist

A 49-year-old Baton Rouge resident was recently charged with first-offense DWI, reckless operation, vehicular homicide and failure to yield the right of way after striking a motorcycle on Evangeline Street.

According to a spokesman for the Baton Rouge Police Department, the Ontario St. resident was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison after the Monday night motorcycle collision that occurred at around 7:30 p.m.

What is the Federal Tort Claims Act?

Louisiana residents may never have heard of the Federal Tort Claims Act. It is the statute authorizing private individuals to sue the United States in federal court for most torts committed by those who are acting on behalf of the government and in accordance with the laws of the state where the omission or act is alleged to have occurred

Of course, there are exceptions. According to the Feres doctrine, the federal government cannot be sued by members of the military for their service-connected injuries. There is also a discretionary function exception, protecting the U.S. for any acts or omissions of government employees involving policy decisions. Finally, an exception exists for intentional torts, which disallows litigation against the government for things like assault and battery, unless said acts are committed by federal law enforcement personnel or investigating officials.

Judge rules on emails in BP suit in Louisiana federal case

Emails from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. were released in the ongoing case of BP Exploration & Production Inc. v. Watts regarding the corporation's role in contributing to the unsafe conditions that resulted in the worst oil spill to occur in the offshore waters of the United States. Anadarko owned a 25 percent share of the blown Macondo oil well.

The accident in April 2010 devastated the fragile ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana shoreline and sent the Gulf states' economies reeling. The emails indicate that Anadarko officials urged BP drillers to drill ever deeper into the Gulf, while an executive and geologist with BP warned that would be unsafe and refused to comply, stating the condition of the Macondo well "provided for little to no margin to continue drilling" in a safe manner.

Double fatality car accident on I-55 between Ruddock and Manchac

A recent early morning crash on I-55 south between Manchac and Ruddock claimed the lives of two people and injured three more when a driver drove the wrong way on the interstate.

The head-on collision killed the 32-year-old driver of a 2011 Kia that was headed northbound in the southbound lane as well as the 31-year-old driver in the left southbound lane driving a 2006 Chevrolet.

Gross negligence alleged in Louisiana prison death

A lawsuit has been filed in federal court for the wrongful death of a man who died in police custody in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. The lawsuit, filed by the 43-year-old-man's father, alleges gross negligence on the part of the East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.

The man was found dead in his cell 13 days after being booked on charges of disturbing the peace resulting from an incident that took place at his home.

Livingston parish official pleads no contest in fatality

Livingston Parish School Board President Malcolm Sibley pleaded no contest recently to the misdemeanor hit and run charge resulting from a fatal accident that occurred June 15, 2013, in St. Helena Parish.

Sibley was sentenced to a 90-day jail term, but the sentence was suspended. Additionally, he will have to complete a court-approved defensive driving course, serve two years of probation, perform 32 hours of community service and pay $50 per month for monitoring to the Department of Probation and Parole.

Louisiana big rig driver at fault in Mississippi fatal wreck

A 59-year-old Louisiana man behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler suffered a medical emergency as he was headed west on Interstate 10 near mile marker 48 in Mississippi. He lost control of his rig, crossing the median and plowing into an eastbound car driven by a 62-year-old teacher at Pascagoula's Resurrection Catholic High School. The Jackson County Coroner pronounced both men dead at the scene of the accident.

The deceased teacher was known around the region as a kind-hearted man with musical talents he enjoyed sharing with the community. He had previously worked for 29 years as a teacher with the Pascagoula School District.

Louisiana motorcyclist killed in Houma crash

A 31-year-old motorcyclist was killed on a recent weekend afternoon ride in Houma on LA 182, when the 40-year-old driver of a 2009 Toyota Rav4 attempted to turn left onto Savanne Road in the path of the motorcycle. The 2012 Suzuki GSXR1300 struck the side of the Toyota and ejected its rider.

The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet but was pronounced dead at the scene by officials with the Terrebonne Parish Coroner's office. The Rav4 driver was uninjured. He had been wearing a seat belt.

Massive Prius recall may affect Baton Rouge drivers

If you've been zipping around Baton Rouge in your Prius, you may have cause for concern. Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. just issued a global product recall of 1.9 million of their hybrid vehicles due to a glitch in the automobile's software that could result in the cars stalling unexpectedly.

To date, no injuries or accidents have been reported as a result of the glitch in the software that controls the hybrid system.

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