At about 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, a 53-year-old bicyclist was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident in Riverside, reported The Press-Enterprise. Thirty-two-year-old Alvin Lennon Johnson struck the rider with his black 2012 Toyota Camry at a crosswalk near Magnolia Avenue and Buchanan Street and fled the scene. Emergency responders transported the rider to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Witnesses followed Johnson to a nearby parking lot, where police arrested him on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. The accident is under investigation.
The city of Riverside accounted for none of the 8 fatalities and 69 of the 334 injuries suffered by bicyclists in traffic collisions that occurred in the county in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Hit-and-run was a factor in 100 of the fatal and injury crashes that occurred in the city that year. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Riverside 8th out of 13 similarly sized cities for its incidence of hit-and-run accidents in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
Under California law, those who have suffered trauma in traffic accidents may pursue civil claims against the negligent driver in order to be compensated for the expenses associated with their recoveries, such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the bicyclist who was seriously injured in the hit-and-run accident.