BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A veteran, who proudly served his country and retired from the daily grind to enjoy life a bit more, was killed along the side of the road.
The hit and run crash that ended the life of Daniel Lafleur Sr., 67, of Prairieville, has hit his family very hard.
"It's hard to understand closure until you need it," Daniel Lafleur Jr., the victim's son, said.
How about heartbreak? It is much easier to understand. Lafleur is dealing with one and looking for the other because of what happened back on October 24.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is working the case now.
"A motorist noticed a gentleman laying on the side of the road, bicycle next to him," Lt. Col. Bobby Webre with APSO said. "It didn't take long for us to realize he was a victim of a hit and run."
It happened along Parker Road near Meadowview Drive in Prairieville.
"I've never had a lot of anger in my life. But from day-to-day, it does try and creep in," Lafleur Jr. added.
You can understand why. HIs father survived serving our country, but lost his life biking near his home.
"Mr. Lafleur is a veteran, he was a Vietnam veteran, who wanted to enjoy his retirement. I know he liked sailing," Webre recalled.
In fact, Lafleur loved sailing. He bought a boat and sailed it along the Gulf Coast, just hopping from place to place. In fact, his son said his father had just returned from a big trip.
"And on this sailing trip, he found a bike at a garage sale. It folded up and he loved that because he could fit it in the front of the sailboat," his son explained.
And that was the bike he was riding when he was hit and killed. It happened just a couple days into a return visit to see his family. Nobody expected it would be his final trip or that the night before would be their last time seeing him alive. His son is trying to stay as positive as possible through all this.
"Maybe it was a boat trailer. The arm of the boat sticking out. Guy doesn't even know. I can only hope. Even if I never find out, I'd rather believe that than believe somebody hit him and left," Lafleur Jr. stated.
It is heartbreaking to even think about. And with not much to go on, the heartbreak could continue without your help. He was a veteran, a master carpenter, a sailor, a father and a grandfather. He was so many things and now, the family wants just one thing, that closure that is so hard to find.
If you have any information about this hit and run crash, call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867, text CS225 plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or anonymously or go to www.crimestoppersbr.com.