GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Authorities are looking for the driver involved in a hit and run crash that left a bicyclist dead.
Louisiana State Police was contacted around 10:30 a.m. to investigate the deadly crash. The victim has been identified as Frank Bercegeay, 49, of Prairieville.
The crash happened on LA 934 (Black Bayou Road) east of LA 44 (North Burnside Avenue) in Ascension Parish early Tuesday morning.
Bercegeay was wearing a reflective vest while riding a bike eastbound on Black Bayou Road. Troopers said the unknown vehicle that hit him was also traveling eastbound. They reported the impact threw Bercegeay into a roadside ditch, where he died.
The unidentified vehicle drove off after the crash. Someone walking along Black Bayou Road later in the morning noticed Bercegeay in the ditch and called authorities.
In a news release from LSP, investigators said they don't know if Bercegeay was impaired and toxicology results are pending an autopsy.
Troopers have been unable to determine what type of vehicle hit Bercegeay, but believe it possibly has damage on the right side and/or to a right side mirror.
Troopers urge anyone with ANY information to contact Louisiana State Police Troop A at (225) 754-8500, or their local law enforcement agency. No piece of information should be considered insignificant. Troopers will follow all leads in an effort to bring this case to closure and get answers for Bercegeay's family and friends.
A memorial fund has been set up at Whitney Bank under the name Frank J. Bercegeay.
Bike Baton Rouge released the following statement on its Facebook page about the deadly crash:
Bike Baton Rouge was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Frank Bercegeay, 49, who was struck by an automobile while riding his bicycle in Gonzales early Tuesday morning. The driver of the automobile fled the scene and has not been identified. We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Frank's friends and family and encourage anyone with any information about the incident to contact the Louisiana State Police at (800)969-2059.