Daniella Palacios, 45, was killed in a bicycle accident in Anaheim, which officials say, involved a hit-and-run driver.
According to a KTLA news report the fatal accident occurred November 2, 2014 near the intersection of North Magnolia Street and La Palma Avenue.
Palacios was struck by a white pickup truck and transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver did not stop after the crash and is said to have fled north on Magnolia.
Police have released
the photo of a truck suspected of hitting and killing Palacios. Anaheim PD is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call investigators at 714-765-1900.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family members and friends of Daniella Palacios, especially the eight children she leaves behind. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.
Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 169 injuries reported as a result of bicycle accidents.
In Orange County as a whole, 13 people died and 1,441 were injured due to bicycle accidents during the same year.
Leaving the Scene of a Crash
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the pickup truck not only struck and fatally injured Palacios, but also fled the scene of the crash, leaving the critically injured woman lying on the street. Outrageous! Not only is leaving the scene of an injury crash inhumane and irresponsible, but it is also illegal.
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.”
Holding Wrongdoers Accountable
We certainly hope that the hit-and-run suspect in this case is apprehended and brought to justice. If you have any information about this incident or suspect, please visit our dedicated Hit-and-Run Reward Website at hitandrunreward.com to offer an anonymous tip and to become eligible for a $1,000 reward.
Our legal practice has represented victims of DUI drivers and hit-and-run drivers. We know and understand the significant physical, emotional and financial challenges faced by surviving hit-and-run victims and families that have lost loved ones.
In such cases, injured victims or families of deceased victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Anaheim personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.
A knowledgeable attorney will also be able to advise victims and families about how their own auto policy might apply to a hit-and-run crash.