At around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, a hit-and-run accident claimed the life of 40-year-old Jose Luis Carmona. A red 2008 Mitsubishi struck Carmona while he was walking his bike along Pacific Coast Highway near Faria Beach. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police found the vehicle parked in the driveway of 43-year-old Shannon Richard. She reportedly told investigators that she thought she had struck an animal. They believed alcohol may have been a factor in the accident and arrested her for felony driving under the influence of alcohol, hit and run, and vehicular manslaughter, explains a California personal injury attorney.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, classifies bicyclists and other cyclists, such as the riders of two-wheel nonmotorized vehicles, tricycles, and unicycles powered solely by pedals, as pedalcyclists. In 2009, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 630 pedalcyclists and injured another 51,000. Alcohol was a factor in 40 percent of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedalcyclist fatalities.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jose Luis Carmona, the bicyclist killed in the hit-and-run accident in Ventura last Saturday.
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