Cyclist killed in hit and run crash on LA 1090

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L are looking for the driver of a dark colored GMC/Chevrolet pickup or SUV for questioning related to a fatal hit and run crash. At approximately 9:29 p.m. on Thursday July 5th, Troopers responded to a fatal crash involving a bicycle on LA 1090 at Brownswitch Road. The crash has claimed the life of 42-year-old Sandra Duet Royer of Slidell.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Royer was riding a Huffy mountain style bicycle northbound on LA 1090. The bicycle was equipped with a white light on the front of the bicycle and Royer was wearing an orange safety vest. Furthermore, evidence gathered from the scene indicated that Royer’s bicycle was equipped with a red reflector in the rear. While traveling northbound, Royer was struck from behind by a dark colored Chevrolet/GMC pickup or SUV. Royer was ejected from the bicycle and sustained severe injuries in the crash. She was transported to Ochsner Medical Center-Northshore, where she ultimately succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash. As part of the ongoing investigation, blood samples were collected for analysis.

The suspect vehicle could have damage to the right rear view mirror and front end. The vehicle was last seen fleeing northbound on LA 1090. If you have information pertaining to this crash, please contact Louisiana State Police Troop L at 985-893-6250.

July 6 Update:

At approximately 8:24 p.m. on July 6, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L were able to make an arrest in the fatal hit and run crash that occurred Thursday evening. Based on information received, Troopers were able to locate a black 1999 Chevrolet Silverado at 4123 Walnut Street in Slidell. The vehicle was located less than one mile from the scene of the crash and had been hidden behind a fenced in area. After locating the vehicle, Troopers identified the driver involved as 33-year-old Ray Louis Clark of Slidell.

Clark was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for Felony Hit and Run and Driving with a Suspended License. The investigation is ongoing and any additional charges will be forwarded to the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office pending the completion of the investigation.

The Louisiana State Police would like to thank local media outlets for reporting the crash and relaying the available suspect vehicle information. In the initial release, Troopers only had information that the vehicle was a dark colored GMC or Chevrolet SUV or Pickup truck with front end damage and damage to the right side. This vague information alone, likely would not have led to an arrest. After watching the news report on the crash, a concerned citizen contacted Troop L and provided information that ultimately led to an arrest.

Contributed by La. State Police