A man in his 30s was killed in a Los Angeles bicycle accident, which officials say, was caused by a hit-and-run driver. According to a KTLA news report, the incident occurred early morning on Feb. 20 on Wilshire Boulevard just west of South Berendo Street in the Koreatown neighborhood of Central Los Angeles. Police say they got a report about a cyclist down on the roadway.
A second vehicle then hit the bicyclist who was pronounced dead at the scene. The second driver remained at the scene, but the driver who initially struck him fled the scene. Investigators have no description of the first vehicle or the driver for whom they are searching. Police are looking for surveillance video in the area that might have captured the crash.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family of the man who has been tragically killed in this bicycle accident. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
It is against California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) to leave the scene of an injury or fatal crash. The law 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.” Motorists should not only stop and remain at the scene, but they are also required to exchange pertinent information with other parties and most importantly, render aid to the injured victims. This might be something as simple as calling 911. Getting prompt medical attention might make the difference between life and death for accident victims.
What if the Driver Doesn’t Stop?
Hit-and-run accidents are emotionally and financially challenging for victims and their families. Often, families of deceased victims are left not only bearing financial burdens such as medical expenses, funeral costs and the loss of income from a wage-earning family member, but they are also struck by grief caused by the fact that the perpetrator has not been apprehended.
In such cases, victims’ families would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles hit and run lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable attorney will also advise them about how their own auto insurance policy might apply to a case where the hit-and-run driver has not been apprehended or identified, or to a case where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.