A California high school student has been charged with a number of citations concerning a Sep. 22, 2014 accident that resulted in the death of a 21-year-old bicyclist. The student is also accused of leaving the scene of the accident.

The student was reportedly driving a 2009 GMC Envoy when the accident occurred at around 11:00 p.m. While he apparently fled the scene of the crash, police reported they found auto parts lying around that were said to be a part of the student’s vehicle. Police also claim to have uncovered three pounds of hashish in his vehicle that were packaged to be shipped out-of-state. He has thus been charged with sale and transportation of marijuana, money laundering and driving while under the influence. He was jailed after his arrest and held on $500,000 bond.

The victim was a young woman who was a student at Chico State University. She had been studying and was returning home from the school on her bicycle the evening the accident happened. The accident occurred approximately two blocks away from where she lived.

Unfortunately, hundreds of fatal bicycle accidents occur every year.  Hit and run accidents in particular can take an emotional toll upon families of the victim.  In many instances others had relied upon the deceased person for their financial and emotional support.  And though individuals that caused the accident may be facing prison time, this does not change what has occurred or necessarily place the family in any better circumstances.  However, there are experienced attorneys who will fight to make certain a family obtains the financial compensation that they deserve.

Source: Hudson Hub-Times, “Hoover Facing August Trial in California Woman’s Death,” Tim Troglen, March 26, 2014