Martin Solorio, 11, died in an Azusa car versus bicycle collision Sep. 3 at the intersection of Baseline Road and Rockvale Avenue when he was struck by a motorist while riding his bike in a crosswalk. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported the driver, 42-year-old Francine Willis, was booked on unrelated arrest warrants and is yet to be criminally charged in connection with the fatal Azusa bicycle accident.
Martin was reportedly riding his bicycle after finishing his first day of middle school when the vehicle struck him. The boy was thrown 100 to 125 feet from the crosswalk and died from fatal head injuries.
My heart goes out to the family of young Martin Solorio. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to officials, Willis, the driver who struck Martin, already had two traffic-related arrest warrants. Investigators are still looking into how this auto vs. bicycle accident occurred. I’m sure they will look into whether Willis was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs at the time of the accident.
Based on these initial reports, it seems to me that Willis was not paying attention to traffic. Maybe she was somehow distracted or simply not looking. Martin was reportedly riding his bike in a marked crosswalk at the intersection. If officials confirm Willis’ negligence in this case, she is definitely looking at criminal vehicular manslaughter charges at the least. She will also be held civilly liable for the accident.
Martin Solorio’s family deserves justice and compensation for their tragic loss. I would strongly urge the family of Martin Solorio to retain the services of a reputed California bicycle accident attorney. If I were representing this street intersection accident case I’d begin by investigating whether this was a dangerous crosswalk location. Our firm has held governmental agencies such as cities financially liable in auto accident cases where the accident occurred because the public entity failed to address a dangerous condition on the roadway or intersection. Most recently, we settled with the City of Hanford for $15 million on behalf of 14-year-old boy who was brain-injured. Christopher Chan suffered severe head injuries in a bicycle accident after he was struck at a dangerous Hanford intersection. Chan survived the accident, but will sadly remain a dependent in need of full-time care for the rest of his life.