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Florence: Fleeing Motorist Struck, Killed Cyclist


At about 10:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, a motorist fleeing the scene of a shooting struck and killed a 34-year-old male cyclist in Florence. Police were chasing the driver, who is suspected of shooting at his girlfriend’s vehicle, when he hit the rider at the intersection of East 84th Street and South Central Avenue, dragging him across the street. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities arrested the driver on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

“When a driver fatally harms others, the families of the victims may file wrongful death claims against the driver in order to obtain compensation for their losses,” explained California bicycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.

Throughout Los Angeles County, 4,191 bicyclists were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS compares the accident statistics of the state’s 58 counties, equating a ranking of 1st place to the worst record for traffic safety. That year, Los Angeles ranked 10th for cyclist safety.

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 by the fleeing motorist.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Florence 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 a free book or article, or to speak with a California bicycle accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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