A bicycle rider in the Los Angeles area was the victim of a hit-and-run crash that occurred on Feb. 17, 2013. On that day he was struck by a car and subsequently dragged up to an entrance onto the I-5 freeway. The driver of the car then fled onto the freeway while leaving the bicycle rider behind.
On the one-year anniversary of the bicycle accident, the rider had his picture taken by the freeway entrance sign where the accident occurred. His right leg has been replaced with a prosthetic limb.
A $25,000 reward was offered for information concerning the identity of the hit-and-run driver. However, that driver has not yet been located. Rather than be defeated by this circumstance, the bicycle rider has been riding his bike and been in training for a marathon. He has also worked with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, a California state assemblyman and Los Angeles city councilman to organize a bicycle ride. At least one goal of the ride is to make the streets of Los Angeles safer for bicyclists.
The assemblyman mentioned above has proposed legislation that would involve the seizing of the license of anyone involved in a hit-and-run accident. Unfortunately, the government has sometimes been slow to act in actually implementing measures that could make a difference for bicycle riders.
Los Angeles has been the locale for many bicycle-related injuries and deaths. While we wait for legislative action to take place, personal injury attorneys will still represent those injured in bicycle accidents and make certain their needs are looked after.
Source: Streets Blog LA, “On the One Year Anniversary of His Crash, Damian Kevitt Goes for a Ride,” Damien Newton, Feb. 18, 2014