State Police: Hit-and-run driver removed cyclist from windshield and left him in a ditch


SLIDELL, La. (AP) – Louisiana officers followed a trail of fluid to find a van they believe was involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash.

A Louisiana State Police news release says 59-year-old bicyclist Calvin Lefort Jr. of Slidell was hit by a van Saturday on U.S. Highway 190 and became lodged in the windshield.

The news release says the van’s driver, 48-year-old Larry Dean Kellett of Slidell, allegedly removed Lefort from the windshield, left him near a ditch and fled. A passer-by called 911. Lefort died in a hospital.

Troopers say the van began leaking, and they followed a trail of fluid to Kellett’s girlfriend’s home.

Kellett was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on negligent homicide, felony hit-and-run and driving under suspension. It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

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