Shortly before 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, Humboldt County Parks employee Brian Bresee, 26, of Eureka, struck and killed 57-year-old cyclist John Mello, of Mckinleyville, in Trinidad. While traveling on U.S. Highway 101 in a county-issued Nissan Titan truck, Bresee veered to the right shoulder of the road north of Patrick’s Point Drive, hitting Mello. Authorities do not suspect that alcohol or drugs contributed to the accident and are investigating.
“When a motorist’s negligence results in a fatal accident, the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim against the motorist in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California bicycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.
In 2010, no cyclist fatalities and 47 injuries resulting from traffic accidents were recorded in Humboldt County, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the traffic statistics of the state’s 58 counties, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. That year, Humboldt County ranked 19th for cyclist safety.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of John Mello, the cyclist who was struck and killed by the Humboldt County Parks employee.
The Times-Standard originally reported this Trinidad accident.
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