A 50-year-old male bicyclist was killed in a Los Angeles car accident involving a hit-and-run driver, the night of August 23, 2011. According to a City News Service report, the fatal bicycle accident occurred at the intersection of Avalon Boulevard and Redondo Beach Boulevard in Compton. The man was riding his bicycle north on Avalon and had entered the intersection when he was struck by the BMW, which was westbound on Redondo Beach Boulevard. He was thrown from his bicycle and pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Officials are trying to find the driver responsible for this fatal hit-and-run crash.
My heart goes out to the friends and family of the man killed in this tragic hit-and-run car accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 18 people were injured in Compton bicycle accidents. During that same year, there were 22 fatalities and 3,725 injuries reported involving Los Angeles County bicycle accidents.
Based on this news report, it is not clear who had the green light at the time of the crash. Officials say they have received conflicting statements from witnesses as to who had the green light. Regardless of who had the right-of-way, the driver of the BMW should have stopped and remained at the scene until authorities arrived. More importantly, he or she should have obtained assistance for the critically injured victim.
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.”
Instead, this driver chose to flee the scene of the crash leaving the bicyclist injured and lying on the roadway, exposed to further danger. Appalling! I trust officials will promptly apprehend this hit-and-run driver and bring him or her to justice. If you have any information about this accident, please visit our web site, www.hitandrunreward.com, which allows witnesses to provide an anonymous tip and become eligible to receive a $1,000 reward.
It would be in the best interests of victims’ families in such cases to seek the counsel of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights are protected. If a dangerous roadway or intersection caused or contributed to this collision, then, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable. Under California Government Code Section 911.2, any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a public entity must be filed within 180 days of the incident.