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Teen bicyclist killed after being hit by pickup, driver charged with negligent homicide

Brennan Rube (Source: Facebook) Brennan Rube (Source: Facebook)
Joshua Ashford (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office) Joshua Ashford (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)

Shortly before 6 pm on December 9, 2015, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle fatality crash involving a bicyclist on LA 73 north of US 61 in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of 14-year-old Brennan Rube of Prairieville, LA.

Rube attended Dutchtown High School as a freshman. Students, staff and parents were informed Thursday morning about the crash.

Statement by Ascension Public Schools Superintendent Patrice Pujol:

There is nothing more tragic than the life of a young person cut short. Our hearts go out to the Rube family and Brennan’s friends.  Counselors are on hand at Dutchtown High School to help students and staff members cope with this terrible tragedy.

The investigation by State Police showed Rube was traveling southbound on LA 73 on his bicycle. At the same time, 26-year-old Joshua Ashford of Gonzales, LA was traveling southbound on LA 73 in a 2000 Dodge truck. Investigators say as Ashford approached Rube from behind, the right front side of his vehicle struck Rube and ejected him from his bicycle.

Rube was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office. Investigators say Ashford was properly restrained and was not injured. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash. A toxicology sample will be taken from Rube and Ashford for analysis.

According to Louisiana State Police, at the time of the crash, Rube was not wearing a helmet and he did not have the required white light on the front of his bicycle and red light in the rear. Rube was also wearing dark colored clothing.

Troopers have also determined that Ashford was driving faster than the posted 45 mph speed limit. Ashford was charged with speeding and negligent homicide. He was been booked into the Ascension Parish Jail and released after posting a $25,000 bond. 

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