A bicyclist was killed after being struck by a Sheriff’s patrol car more than five months ago. Many are frustrated that this matter has taken so long to investigate and would like to know precisely what occurred. Certain individuals appear even to be convinced that the investigation would have been completed a number of weeks ago had the driver not happened to be a law enforcement officer. There has also been frustration expressed concerning the lack of transparency concerning this investigation.
The 65-year-old man was an attorney and executive with Napster. He was known as a devoted bicyclist and was said to have a number of close friends in the bicycling community.
The bicycle accident occurred on Dec. 8, 2013. Both the law enforcement vehicle and the bicyclist were traveling in an easterly direction when the accident occurred. The bicyclist apparently died at the scene of the crash.
We don’t know if the above investigation is being hindered because the driver was a law enforcement officer. Still, attorneys can sometimes expedite such matters and help come to a determination as to what happened more quickly.
Attorneys representing victims and family members in motor vehicle accidents are sometimes required to make independent determinations as to what occurred. This will require investigation of the accident scene by taking photos and measurements, interviewing of witnesses, and sometimes hiring of experts to reconstruct how the accident occurred. If wrongdoing or negligence is determined, it can also mean representation of the injured party at trial.
From 2006 until 2011, 66,000 pedestrians and bicyclists were injured or killed in Southern California due to such crashes. This is a trend that cannot continue.
Source: The Acorn, “Cyclist death investigation slow in coming,” Sylvie Belmond, May 8, 2014