At about 11:40 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, a hit-and-run driver struck and killed a 59-year-old male cyclist from Santa Clara in Campbell. While traveling on San Tomas Expressway in a gold 2004 Toyota Camry, 20-year-old Melanie Souza, of San Jose, veered onto the shoulder of the road south of Campbell Avenue and hit the bicyclist. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Although Souza fled the scene, a witness followed her to a nearby coffee shop, assisting authorities in apprehending her. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
“Once the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident has been apprehended, the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver in order to hold him or her liable for their loss,” explained California bicycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Campbell accounted for none of the 6 fatalities and 25 of the 786 injuries suffered by bicyclists in accidents that occurred in Santa Clara County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Hit-and-run was a factor in 10 of the accidents that resulted in injury or death in the city that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the bicyclist who was struck and killed.
www.MercuryNews.com originally reported this Campbell accident.
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