Jurgen Ankenbrand, 69, was killed in an Orange County car accident when he was struck by two vehicles while riding his bicycle. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal bicycle accident occurred the evening of December 22, 2010 at the intersection of Brookhurst Street and Villa Pacific Drive in Huntington Beach. The driver of a Toyota 4Runner crashed into Ankenbrand while turning left onto Brookhurst. While lying on the road after the initial impact, Ankenbrand was also hit by a Honda Odyssey. Ankenbrand sustained fatal injuries. Officials are still looking for the driver of the Toyota 4Runner who fled the scene of the car accident.
My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Jurgen Ankenbrand for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. My thoughts and prayers are with them following this tragic bicycle accident.
Orange County Bicycle Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 157 injuries as a result of Huntington Beach bicycle accidents. During that same year, there were 10 fatalities and 1,087 injuries reported involving Orange County bicycle accidents.
What Caused This Fatal Bicycle Accident?
In this case, police say that the bicycle rider was alongside the car when the driver decided to make a turn. Bicyclists riding on California roadways must adhere to the same right of ways as motorists. Additionally, it is the legal obligation of all car drivers to be aware of any bicyclists on the roadway. The driver of the Toyota 4Runner struck the bicyclist and then fled the scene, leaving the injured bicyclist on the roadway, exposing him to further danger. As a result, Ankenbrand was struck again by another vehicle. Tragic!
I truly hope the driver who left the scene is soon apprehended and brought to justice. If you have any information about this accident or the hit-and-run suspect, please visit our web site www.hitandrunreward.com. Our site allows witnesses to provide an anonymous tip as well as become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward. Leaving the scene of an injury car accident or hit-and-run is also a serious crime under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a).
In such cases, the family of a deceased car accident victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. A knowledgeable Orange County personal injury lawyer should also advise families about how their car insurance policy applies to an incident where the hit-and-run driver is not located, or the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.
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