Shortly before 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, a Fresh & Easy truck struck and killed a 12-year-old boy on a bicycle in Simi Valley. Authorities suspect that the truck was exiting the parking lot of a store near the intersection of Alamo and Tapo Streets when it hit the boy, who had been riding with an 8-year-old friend at the time. His friend was not hurt. The accident is under investigation.
“After a fatal accident, the family of the victim may hold the negligent party liable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California bicycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.
The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that 404 people were killed or injured in crashes that occurred in Simi Valley in 2010. Eight of the bicyclists who were killed or injured were under the age of 15. The OTS ranked Simi Valley 14th out of 53 cities with populations of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury bicycle accidents involving riders in this age group; 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the boy who the truck struck and killed.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Simi Valley accident.
Additional information on the wrongful death claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.
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