It isn’t uncommon to see bicyclists sharing the roads and sidewalks in California. After all, the year-round weather conditions actually make riding a bicycle an appealing option for anyone looking to save some costs. In fact, many cities throughout the state are making changes to encourage more bicycle use, such as installing designated bike lanes on roads. Unfortunately, when bicyclists share the roads with vehicles, the potential for deadly collisions is possible.
That appears to be what happened in a recent incident. A report noted that a 45-year-old man was struck while he was riding his bicycle in a designated bike lane in Sun Valley. The collision occurred on October 7 at about 8:30pm. The bicyclist suffered devastating injuries and, even though he was quickly transported to a hospital for medical treatment, he did not survive.
To make matters worse, the driver of the SUV that struck this victim did not remain at the scene as required by law. The report notes that, after striking the bicyclist, the SUV stopped momentarily, but then was driven away from the scene. At the time of the report, the driver and vehicle had not been located. However, hopefully when this does occur, the driver will be facing some significant criminal charges.
The family of the man who was struck and killed are likely holding out hope that the driver of the SUV will be identified and arrested. A criminal prosecution may provide some measure of justice. However, the family will still face life without the bicyclist now. As a result, they may consider a wrongful death lawsuit to attempt to recover some financial compensation.