Anaheim police are looking for the driver of a hit-and-run driver who caused a Orange County pedestrian accident when he struck and seriously injured a 55-year-old male bicyclist the evening of April 24, 2009 near the Anaheim Convention Center, The Orange County Register reports. The cyclist, who has not yet been identified, is in critical condition and officials say they are not sure if he will make it. The Anaheim car-bicycle accident occurred when the cyclist was going north in the 1800 block of South West Street when a Chevy El Camino, also headed north, struck the cyclist from behind. The driver kept going.
The cyclist became unconscious after he suffered massive head injuries. Minutes after the bike accident, police found the El Camino abandoned not far away with a shattered front windshield. Police attempted searching the area, but could not find the driver. They are trying to track down the registered owner of the car. If you have any information, please call Anaheim Police at 714-765-1900.
My heart goes out to this injured victim who is fighting for his life. I hope and pray that he will make a quick and complete recovery. I also trust that police will soon apprehend this hit-and-run suspect and bring him or her to justice.
It is against California law to leave the scene of a hit and run pedestrian accident without providing identification or insurance information in such serious accidents or leaving without rendering aid to the injured victim. Drivers involved in a bicycle accident must stop, whether or not he or she is at fault.
California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.” Hit-and-run is also a crime under California Penal Code Section 192.
The victim and/or his family would be well advised to contact experienced Orange County bicycle accident attorneys, who will get them the justice and compensation they rightfully deserve. The family will soon be faced with bills for the medical treatment and hospitalization costs for this victim’s critical injuries. If the driver turns out to be uninsured or underinsured, then the victim could receive compensation through the uninsured/underinsured motorist clause of his own auto insurance or any other policy in his household that he has coverage under. A knowledgeable Orange County car accident attorney will be able to advise the victim and his family about how to proceed with these types of insurance claims, which can sometimes be complicated.