Investigators with the Fountain Valley Police Department have arrested and charged a Huntington Beach man with hit-and-run for his alleged role in causing a fatal bicycle crash on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
The 25-year-old bartender is alleged to have been driving along Brookhurst Street shortly before 1:00 a.m. that morning. It’s as he reportedly neared that roadway’s intersection with Ellis Avenue that he is believed to have struck a 41-year-old Fountain Valley man. That victim had been riding his bicycle in the roadway at the time.
The impact of the crash caused the bicyclist to be thrown at least 50 feet in front of his bike. The motorist, however, made no attempt to stop after allegedly striking the man. By the time emergency responders arrived at the scene of the crash, the biker had succumbed to his injuries.
Area business’ surveillance video footage was instrumental in helping police identify the color and model of car believed to have caused the crash. It lead them to suspect that a mid-1990s, red colored Ford Mustang had been struck the man. Police searched vehicle records in the area for this type vehicle and later went to the bartender’s home where he was arrested for felony hit-and-run charges. He was later booked at the Orange County Jail.
Even in the absence of bicycle lanes, in California, motorists are still expected to keep a safe distance from bikers in order to avoid crashing into them. If you’ve been hurt or have a loved one that has lost his or her life because of someone else’s negligence, then a Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney can advise your right to file a lawsuit in your case.
Source: NBC 4 Los Angeles, “Huntington Beach bartender arrested for fatal hit-and-run of Fountain Valley resident,” Marin Austin, Sep. 13, 2017