Investigating troopers determined the bike rider was wearing a reflective vest, reflective helmet, and had properly functioning front and rear lights on the bicycle. He was not charged.
Sonnier was issued a summons for striking a bicycle (LRS 32:76.1) and released.
LRS 32:76.1 in pertinent part:
The operator of a motor vehicle, when overtaking and passing a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on the roadway, shall exercise due care while the motor vehicle is passing the bicycle and shall leave a safe distance between the motor vehicle and the bicycle of not less than three feet and shall maintain such clearance until safely past the overtaken bicycle. An operator of a motor vehicle may pass a bicycle traveling in the same direction in a no-passing zone only when it is safe to do so. Any person who violates this Section shall be fined not more than two hundred fifty dollars.