Baton Rouge Metro City Councilor Buddy Amoroso was killed on Saturday morning during a bike ride in the rural community of West Feliciana, according to the Louisiana State Police Department and the sheriff's department of West Feliciana.
Update, 16:50. Saturday: A driver was arrested on Saturday's crash. Nicholas Alexander, 21, of Lafayette was placed in the West Feliciana Parish Prison with negligent homicide, negligent injury and restrictions on passing bicycles.
Amoroso, a second counselor, was hit by a vehicle along with another cyclist on La 66 west of La. 61
The state police visited Amoroso's home to notify family members on Saturday afternoon. The news also spread quickly in the political circles of Baton Rouge, as consultants and friends of Amorosos Saturday said they were mourning.
Amoroso was a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge and represented the southeastern part of the parish in the Metro Council. In addition to his political duties, Amoroso owned Prime Properties and was an avid cyclist. He rode a Baton Rouge bike ride last week.
"I live in St. Francisville and Buddy would often drive near my house to my house, up and down our country roads and he loved it so much – he often said that he wanted a place there to ride, "said political advisor Mike Smith, Amoroso's friend of 25 years. "My soul is shattered and I can not even fathom it right now."
The accident occurred around 11:00 am, when the cyclists headed for La 66, also called Tunica Trace Byway, north of St Francisville to the main entrance to the State Prison of Louisiana in Angola. Two mangled motorcycles stayed on the scene, on a hot and sunny Saturday afternoon, separated from the orange spray paint just before the southbound lane.
The state police took over the investigation after a traffic accident. Officers examined a white SUV with obvious damage on the passenger side headlamp, which was parked just before the bicycles and headed south on the way south.
Bicycle helmets, water bottles and other supplies – including a peanut butter cliff bar and small bottles of energy drink – were scattered through the grass at the roadside. One of the helmets appeared to have been thrown about fifteen feet from the bicycles that stood near a crest near the starting point of La. 66 north of St. Francisville.
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Amoroso was known as a strong supporter of the police, military and Boy Scouts of America. Amoroso was indicted last year to call the Jones Creek Road "Purple Heart Trail" in honor of veterans and wounded during military service. He frequently invited military veterans to East Baton Rouge Metro Council meetings to celebrate their military service.
Amoroso also talked openly about dyslexia at Baton Rouge Metro Council meetings and honored those who lived through the reading disorder while facing him. He recently shot a "Litter Pickup Challenge" in which he recorded videos of himself, who quickly tracked down garbage on a street and told other politicians to make it faster.
In recent days, Amoroso told reporters that he is just around the corner from Michigan for a holiday with his family. But the bike accident happened before he left for the trip.
Mayor President Sharon Weston Broome made a statement shortly after Amorosos death was announced publicly that he was "a colleague and a friend and true example of a dedicated civil servant
She said that his loss was everywhere in the parish and through the voters he served in his council district.
Broome said that she had ordered flags at all public buildings throughout the community to be flown with half the workforce next week
Amoroso , a Republican, took office in 2013 and was re-elected in 2016. He served on the Baton Rouge Airport Commission and helped establish a "Smart City Committee" in Baton Rouge.
Former William Daniel, chief executive officer of City Parish, said that Amoroso's efforts to make the city more technologically advanced are particularly important, Daniel said on Saturday Amoroso was known for always sharing a friendly smile and a friendly word with everyone in the Town Hall, regardless of whether they were in the same political team.
"Although we were only 90 percent in agreement" I always thought he was trying to do the right thing, "said Daniel.
Buddy Amoroso, a popular councilman of Baton Rouge, was killed on Saturday in a bicycle accident in the village of West Feliciana.
Amoroso was also actively involved in the Christian Presbyterian Methodist Church, where, according to his biography, he was on the site of the Diocese Township.
Lionel Rainey III, another longtime friend and adviser, said Amoroso "never met a stranger. "
" Buddy Amoroso, who set a good example and knew him, should meet someone who loved, "Rainey said." He loved God and his family. "
Amoroso leaves behind his wife Denise, three children and several Grandchildren Smith said they inspired him to do what he did.
"He wanted his grandchildren to stay in Baton Rouge and choose to live in Baton Rouge, as did his children." Smith said, "That's what drove him every day to make things better."
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