EAST FELICIANA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A professor in the Department of English, who had recently been named Distinguished Research Master, was killed Sunday just before noon as she was walking her bicycle on LA 952 north of LA 10 in East Feliciana Parish.
Troopers with the Louisiana State Police say 63-year-old Elisabeth "Lisi" Oliver's bike had a mechanical issue and was walking it down the roadway.
At the same time, state police say a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by a 79-year-old man was also traveling in the southbound lane and eventually hit Oliver after ascending up a hill after exiting from a right hand turn. Oliver was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced deceased.
A toxicology report was taken from Oliver, and was sent to the LSP crime lab for further analysis, but impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash. The driver of the truck took a Breathalyzer test which showed no detectable signs of alcohol.
Officials with Louisiana State Police say this is the 10th pedestrian/cyclist killed in Louisiana since April.
According to LSU, Elisabeth "Lisi" Oliver received her Ph.D. in linguistics at Harvard University in 1995, and taught there for a year before joining the faculty at LSU in 1996. In 2011, she was named the Greater Houston Chapter Alumni Chair. Her appointment was in the Department of English, and she was a core faculty member of the Interdepartmental Program in Linguistics.
LSU's English Department Chair, Elsie Michie, said Oliver was in East Feliciana because of the hills and curves in the roadways that would help her training for the Tour de France bicycle race.
Oliver was on the board of the Early English Laws Project, an international collaboration to re-edit the laws of early England.
Oliver also received grants from the National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine, the Toronto Centre for Medieval Studies, the Early English Laws Project and the Louisiana Board of Regents. She won numerous awards for both undergraduate and graduate teaching, including in 2013 the Southeastern Medieval Association Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching.