Jul 24, 2014 11:37 PM by Alex Labat
More questions than answers. That's what one Acadiana family says they're dealing with after the loss of their loved one. 30-year-old Lon Lomas was killed two weeks ago in a hit-and-run while riding his bike along Highway 92. Police say shortly after that crash, 42-year-old Fitzpatrick Doucette drove to the Kaplan Police Station, saying he had hit "something". Doucette was arrested Sunday night and charged with negligent homicide, felony hit-and-run, and driving with a suspended license, among other things.
Negligent Homicide = $0
Felony Hit and Run = $0
Driving Under Suspension? Now that'll cost you.
"And they guy walked out of jail on a mere $10,000 bond. And we're pretty upset about it," says Anthony Lomas, Lon's father.
Lomas says his family deserves an explanation as to why no bond was set for the more severe charges in his son's death.
"I realize that we're not into the penalty phase of this. And that was just a preliminary procedure. But I just feel like they're getting started on the wrong foot," says Lomas.
An autopsy revealed Lon Lomas died from drowning. He landed in a ditch after allegedly being struck by Doucette's vehicle. The accident led Lomas' family left wondering if Lon could have been saved.
"He may have been saved had the driver stopped to investigate what he hit. Why he didn't do it is beyond me. Fear? But my best guess is that he was driving under suspension when he left the house. He was breaking the law when he left home," says Mike Deriso, Lon's uncle.