A 17-year-old male bicyclist suffered critical injuries in a hit-and-run collision around midnight on July 7, 2013. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the major injury collision occurred on Riverside Drive east of Walker Avenue. Officials say the suspect vehicle was eastbound on Riverside Avenue when it collided with the teen’s bicycle. The driver fled the scene. Police are describing the vehicle as a dark-colored car with front-end damage. The teen was discovered lying in the street. Anyone with information about the vehicle or driver is asked to contact officials at 909-395-2902.
Bicycle Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 40 injuries reported as a result of bicycle accidents in Ontario. In San Bernardino County as a whole, eight people died and 305 were injured due to bicycle crashes during the same year.
Hit-and-Run Laws in California
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the vehicle struck the bicyclist and then left him lying on the roadway without care or medical attention. Appalling! Under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), it is illegal to leave the scene of an injury or fatal crash. The law requires motorists to stop immediately and remain at the scene of the crash. Motorists are required to exchange information including driver’s license number, insurance and contact information. Most importantly, they are required to stop and help the injured victim. In this case, the driver did none of the above, but left the teen bicyclist critically injured and lying in the street.
Holding Wrongdoers Accountable
I certainly hope that the driver in this case is apprehended and brought to justice. If you have any information about this suspect or the vehicle, please visit our website at www.hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible for a $1,000. This Hit and Run Reward Program is our way of partnering with law enforcement and the community to hold these drivers accountable.
Injured victims of hit-and-run accidents are often left holding the bills and facing expenses related to medical care and hospitalization. In such cases, victims or families would be well advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also advise them about hos their auto insurance policy might apply to a hit-and-run crash or to an incident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.