A man was killed in a Huntington Beach bicycle accident after a driver crashed into him at a street intersection, officials said. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the incident occurred early morning on March 30 at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Adams Avenue. Police who responded to the scene found a bicyclist, about 30 to 40 years old, in the roadway with significant trauma to his head and body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The vehicle, a black BMW, which left the scene after striking the bicyclist, was located about half a mile away where it was involved in a second crash, this time into a tree. The BMW had damage to the front end, hood and windshield. The driver, a 25-year-old man from Garden Grove, was located on foot about one mile away.
A preliminary investigation showed the driver was headed west on Adams Avenue and struck the bicyclist who was in the east crosswalk. The driver continued on and collided with the tree. He was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Huntington Beach police at 714-536-5666.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of this deceased victim for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Causes and Compensation Issues
Based on this news report, it is unclear as to what caused this tragic bicycle accident. There are a number of unanswered questions here. Was the driver of the BMW under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs? Was he driving at an excessive rate of speed? California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) requires motorists to stop right away and remain at the scene of a fatal or injury crash. Leaving the scene of a crash, regardless of whose fault the collision was, is a felony crime under California law.
In such cases, families of deceased victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver and potentially other parties, seeking compensation for damages such as medical and funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering, and loss of love, care and companionship. An experienced Huntington Beach bicycle accident lawyer will be able to better advise victims’ families regarding their legal rights and options.