At 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 25-year-old cyclist Michael Ray Vega, of Norco, was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Rancho Cucamonga. A white truck struck Vega while he was riding along the westbound lanes of Foothill Boulevard near Ramona Avenue. The driver of the truck, who has been described as a white male, failed to stop to administer aid, instead fleeing north on Ramona Avenue. The Rancho Cucamonga Police Department is investigating the accident.
“In the absence of the driver at-fault for a fatal collision, the family of the victim may incur debt due to their loss for which the driver may have been responsible,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis, “which is why it is important for police to apprehend the driver.”
In Rancho Cucamonga, traffic collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 414 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Bicyclists accounted for 15 of the fatalities and injuries, with the OTS ranking Rancho Cucamonga 50th out of 53 cities for cyclist safety; 1st place is the worst a city may receive.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Michael Ray Vega, the cyclist who was killed in the hit-and-run accident.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this fatal Rancho Cucamonga collision.
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