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Reaction to cyclist hit-and-run: "This keeps happening"

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BATON ROUGE- Police are looking for a hit and run driver who who ran over a cyclist in downtown Baton Rouge.

It happened at Convention and North 19th Street.

According to police, a silver 1990 or 1991 Volvo 740 struck the 26-year- old cyclist while they were riding on North 19th street. Police said the driver of the Volvo ran the stop sign, and kept driving westward.

The owner of Mid City Bikes, Travis Hans, says the cyclist was a customer, and also a friend.

"There's anger, a little bit depression. A lot of anger that this keeps happening. It doesn't need to," says Travis Hans.

So far this year in East Baton Rouge Parish, there have been 27 accidents involving bicycles and cars. Three of those riders were killed.

John Leblanc, the executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, says this time of year accidents involving motorist goes up.

"During football season you have a lot of tailgaters, and it's Halloween season you have a lot of children out there trick or treating, and the last thing we want to see is one of those groups get hurt," says John LeBlanc.

Hans feels one way to stop these accidents from happening is to create more ways for cyclist to get around.

"More bike routes. More bike lanes are the best things. It'll keep us completely isolated from traffic. It's the best thing to do," says Hans.

Both North 19th and Convention Streets have markers on the roads warning drives to watch for bikers.

If you have any information on the driver of that 1990 or 1991 Volvo 740, you're urged to contact the Baton Rouge Police Traffic Homicide Division at 389-7819.


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