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Bicyclist Dies from Injuries Sustained in Orange County Car Accident


Marco Acuapan, 22, has died from injuries sustained in an Orange County car accident on November 17, 2010. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, Acuapan was riding westbound in a bike lane on Walnut near Browning Avenue in Tustin, when he was struck by a Ford Mustang driven by 65-year-old Renato Demartino. The driver fled the scene, but was arrested several hours later.

Acuapan suffered severe head injuries and never regained consciousness. He died the morning of April 7, 2011 from his injuries. Demartino pleaded not guilty to charges of felony hit-and-run with serious injury and making an unsafe turn or lane change and not using his head lamps at night. The District Attorney’s office is still considering whether to file additional charges following Acuapan’s death.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Marco Acuapan for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 22 injuries involving bicycle accidents in Tustin. In Orange County as a whole, 10 people died and 1,087 were injured in bicycle accidents during the same year.

Hit-and-Run Law

Based on this news report, police say Demartino not only drove recklessly, but also struck and critically injured a man and then, fled the scene of the crash. Under California law, it is illegal to leave the scene of an injury car accident. 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.” It is not only illegal, but also inhumane, irresponsible and immoral to leave an injured person lying on the roadway.

Claim for Compensation

The family of the deceased victim, in cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. An experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise victims in such cases about their legal rights and options.

Lost a family member in an Orange County car accident? Want to know your rights? Want to know what your case is worth? Want compensation? Want justice? Want to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to another family?

Call your best friends in the legal industry after a fatal Tustin bicycle accident. Call 800-481-8656. The call is free. The advice may be priceless.

Call a Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys Orange County wrongful death lawyer for a free professional evaluation of your rights by attorneys who have been representing families of deceased accident victims since 1978. You will experience award winning representation and outstanding personal service by a compassionate and understanding law firm in a comfortable environment.

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