News Release

Lafayette Police Department CALEA Emblem

Toby Aguillard, Chief of Police
900 East University Ave.
P.O. Box 4308
Lafayette, LA 70502
Contact: P.O. Karl Ratcliff
Public Information Officer
Office: (337) 291-8617
Fax: (337) 291-8665​


Date/Time: 8/20/2016 10:00 AM
Fatal Friday Crash Involved Bicyclist

Lafayette, LA – On August 19, 2016, at approximately 1:10 pm, Lafayette Police responded to a crash in the 600 block of N. Pierce St involving a bicyclist.  According to witnesses, a 1998 GMC truck was traveling south on N. Pierce Street when for unknown reasons a bicyclist rode into its path.  The truck struck the 43 year old bicyclist, ejecting him from the bike.  The operator of the bike was transported to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries.  The 66 year old driver of the pickup was not injured in the crash. 

The deceased has been identified as Jody Albert Wootan (43) of Lafayette.  The crash remains under investigation. 


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