Gary Reynolds, 43, of Fullerton died in a San Clemente bicycle accident Sept. 3 after he was struck by a Hummer sport utility vehicle while riding in an alley. According to an article in The Orange County Register, officials are investigating the accident to look into whether alcohol or drugs may have been involved in the incident, which occurred in the alley near El Camino Real and Los Molinos.
Police have not identified the driver of the Hummer yet. They also have not determined who is at fault for this SUV vs. bicycle accident. I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Gary Reynolds. According to statistics provided by California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System (SWITRS), bicycle accident fatalities do not commonly occur in San Clemente. According to CHP’s 2006 statistics, there were only five reported injuries related to bicycle accidents and no bicycle accident fatalities in San Clemente.
It is too early to tell what occurred in this accident or who was at fault. If police determine that the driver of the SUV was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, then he or she will be held civilly and criminally responsible for the accident and the death of Gary Reynolds.
The victim’s family would be well-advised to contact a reputed Orange County bicycle accident attorney, who will conduct a thorough investigation of this incident and determine who should be held responsible for it by examining the physical evidence and by interviewing eyewitnesses.
A skilled personal injury attorney will also look into other factors that may have caused the collision including other vehicles that may have been involved or a dangerous condition on the roadway where the crash occurred. Remember, that any claim against a governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the incident.