Cole Micek of San Pedro was fatally injured in a Long Beach bicycle accident, which officials said, involved two hit-and-run drivers. According to a news report in The Daily Breeze, Micek was found by Long Beach officers early morning on March 3 in lane 2 of the northbound 74 Freeway at Pier A Way. Officers administered medical assistance, but Micek was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators have released images of two cars, one a white Toyota Camry (2015-2017 model) and another a late-90s Honda Accord with a distinctive dark hood and a sunroof. Anyone who recognizes these cars or has information about the crash or the drivers is urged to call Long Beach police at 562-570-7132.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of Cole Micek for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2014 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one fatality and 209 injuries were reported as a result of bicycle accidents in Long Beach. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 25 people died and 4,402 were injured due to bicycle accidents during the same year.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Based on this news report, it appears that not one but two drivers left the scene of a fatal crash. This is a felony crime under California law. California Vehicle Code 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.”
Under this law, motorists are required to stop and remain at the scene of the crash. In addition, they are also required to exchange pertinent information with other parties involved in the scene and most importantly, provide assistance to anyone who has been injured. This could be as simple as calling 911. Prompt assistance and medical care could make the difference between life and death for accident victims.
Protecting Victims’ Rights
If you have lost a loved one in a hit-and-run accident, you may have a number of questions swirling in your mind including how to get justice for your loved one. Those who have lost loved ones suddenly are also likely looking at funeral costs and hospital bills if their loved one was transported to a trauma center before passing away. If you are struggling with these issues, contact an experienced Long Beach personal injury lawyer who can help you get the compensation you need during this difficult time. Families may be able to get compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of their auto insurance policy even if the at-fault driver hasn’t been apprehended or if the driver is uninsured or underinsured.