Shortly before 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4th, a driver backing up out of a parking space struck and killed bicyclist Rosalinda Manzanares in Whittier. The accident occurred in a parking lot at Broadway and Norwalk Boulevard when 78-year-old Angelica Cuevas’ Toyota suddenly accelerated while in reverse, crashing into Manzanares. Paramedics pronounced the cyclist dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“While traffic incidents claim the lives of fewer and fewer cyclists each year in California,” explained personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “each loss is tragic and extremely difficult for the family of the victim.”
Whittier accounted for none of the 22 fatalities and 32 of the 3,714 injuries suffered by bicyclists in traffic accidents in Los Angeles County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the crash statistics of cities with similarly sized populations, giving those with the highest incidence of fatalities and injuries the poorest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. In 2010, Whittier ranked 16th out of 103 cities.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Rosalina Manzanares, the bicyclist who was struck and killed by the driver in Whittier yesterday.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this back-up accident.
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