Shortly before 9 a.m. on Friday, December 21, a hit-and-run driver struck and killed a cyclist in Los Angeles. While traveling westbound in the 900 block of East 43rd Street, the driver of a red late-model pickup truck hit the bicyclist, a male Latino in his 20s or 30s. Gardening tools many have been in the bed of the truck. Witnesses, or anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of the driver or the vehicle, are asked to call the LAPD’s Central Traffic Division at 213-972-1850, which is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays; after hours calls are received by the division’s watch commander at 213-972-1853. Crime Stoppers is accepting anonymous tips at 800-222-8477.
“Hit-and-run drivers not only violate state traffic safety laws but also leave the victims with little recourse through the civil justice system,” explained California bicycle accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In the event that the driver is apprehended, the victims or their families may seek compensation for their injury or loss through the personal injury or the wrongful death claims process.”
Nationwide, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 677 bicyclists and injured another 48,000 in 2011, reflecting an 8.7 percent increase in deaths and a 7.7 percent decrease in injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In California, bicyclist fatalities increased 13.2 percent, from 99 in 2010 to 114 in 2011.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the cyclist who was struck and killed.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this hit-and-run accident.
Additional information on the injury and the wrongful death claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California bicycle accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.