San Francisco police officials are seeking the public’s help to identify a vehicle that was involved in a hit-and-run car accident, which left a bicyclist seriously injured. According to an Associated Press news report, the accident occurred the night of May 11, 2011 at the intersection of Turk and Fillmore streets. A surveillance camera that captured the incident shows that the driver of a gray Nissan, who was northbound on Fillmore, pulled into southbound lanes and made an abrupt left turn on Turk. As the driver attempted the turn, the Nissan collided with the bicyclist severely injuring the person.
The driver sped away without stopping. The suspect vehicle is described as a mid-1990s model gray Nissan, possibly a Maxima, with damage to the passenger side. Anyone with information about the vehicle or its driver is asked to contact San Francisco police hit-and-run investigators at 415-553-1641.
My heart goes out to the injured bicyclist and his or her family members for what they are going through at this time. I wish this victim the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep this person in your thoughts and prayers.
San Francisco Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 35 people were killed and 3,577 were injured as a result of San Francisco car accidents. Also, during the same year, three fatalities and 471 injuries were reported as a result of bicycle accidents in San Francisco.
Violation of the Law
If the details of this news report are accurate, it appears that the driver of the Nissan made a sudden and dangerous turn on the roadway and struck the bicyclist. In addition, the driver left the seriously injured bicyclist lying on the roadway without care or medical attention. Leaving the scene of a crash is not only irresponsible and inhumane, but it is also a serious violation of California law.
According to California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a): “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.”
I sincerely hope officials are able to quickly apprehend this hit-and-run driver and bring him or her to justice. If you have any information about the Nissan or its driver, please visit our web site at www.hitandrunreward.com to leave an anonymous tip and become eligible for a $1,000 reward. This web site is our way of joining hands with the community to help curb hit-and-run driving.
Protecting Victims’ Rights
Victims of hit-and-run accidents are often left holding huge medical bills. Injured victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their rights are protected. A skilled car accident attorney will also advise victims about how their own car insurance policy applies to an incident where the hit-and-run driver is never identified, or, in a case where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured.
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