At about 11:55 p.m. on Thursday, July 12th, 25-year-old cyclist Alex Patrick Silva, of Fontana, was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Rancho Cucamonga. A vehicle struck Silva from behind while he was riding with another bicyclist along Wilson Avenue near San Sevaine Road and then fled the scene. Paramedics transported him to Kaiser Foundation Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Witnesses, or anyone with information about this accident, are asked to call 909-477-2800.
“After a fatal traffic accident, the family of the victim may hold the at-fault driver liable by pursuing a wrongful death claim,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis. “Unfortunately, such civil action may not be possible if authorities are unable to locate the driver.”
In Rancho Cucamonga, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or injured 15 bicyclists in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. That year, hit-and-run was a factor in 8 of the collisions that caused injury or fatality, with Rancho Cucamonga ranking 52nd out of 53 cities with similar sized populations for its incidence of such accidents. A high OTS ranking reflects a poor safety record, with 1st place being the worst a city may receive.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Alex Patrick Silva, the cyclist killed in the hit-and-run accident.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this collision.
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