At about 5:40 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 19-year-old cyclist Manuel Morales Rodriguez, of Fullerton, was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Anaheim, reported the Orange County Register. Responding officers found Rodriguez pinned under a Nissan Sentra on Orangethorpe Avenue, east of Lemon Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Evidence at the scene and witness statements suggested to investigators that at least one vehicle had struck Rodriguez before the Nissan. Later that day, authorities apprehended the driver and the vehicle that they suspected first hit Rodriguez. They have not yet completed the investigation and determined what charges will be filed against the driver.
Anaheim accounted for none of the 3 fatalities and 96 of the 1,203 injuries bicyclists suffered in traffic accidents that occurred in Orange County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Hit-and-run was a factor in 17 of the fatal and injury accidents that occurred in Anaheim and 912 of those that occurred in Orange County, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.
Once authorities have apprehended the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident, the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver in order to be compensated for their loss. To learn more about the civil claims process after a bicycle accident, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Manuel Morales Rodriguez.