At about 2 a.m. on Friday, June 8th, a 53-year-old cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run accident in the Los Angeles Community of North Hills. While traveling eastbound on Nordhoff Street, a dark-colored SUV struck the bicyclist, who was riding in the same direction, near Gaviota Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are searching for the driver and vehicle, which witnesses indicated was a Ford or Chevrolet with possible windshield damage.
“In the absence of the driver or uninsured motorist insurance, a fatal hit-and-run accident can be devastating-both emotionally and financially-for the family of the victim,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration categorizes bicyclists with the riders of two-wheel nonmotorized vehicles, tricycles, and unicycles powered solely by pedals into a group called pedalcyclists. The agency’s most current data indicates that traffic collisions claimed the lives of 630 pedalcyclists and injured another 51,000 in 2009.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the cyclist who was killed in the hit-and-run accident this morning.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this North Hills collision.
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