A 30-something-year-old bicyclist was struck and killed while riding his bike in Los Angeles’ Koreatown in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Oct. 25. The crash happened in the western portion of the city shortly before 2:00 a.m. The intersection of San Marino Street and Western Avenue remained closed for some time afterwards as police attempted to recreate the crash.
Witnesses to the fatal bicycle crash reported seeing the decedent riding his bike in the southern direction along Western Avenue right before he was about cross over San Marino Street. It’s then that they saw a motorist strike the rear end of the man’s bike.
Despite immediately having disabled the bicyclist, the motorist who struck him failed to stop and render any type of assistance. Instead, he continued on. Fortunately witnesses were astute enough to capture a description of the motorist’s car and potentially his license plate.
Although it’s unclear how long after the crash it occurred, a spokesperson with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) reported having arrested an unidentified male believed to have caused the man’s death. It’s unclear what charges the defendant will face in addition to hit-and-run and when his next hearing in the case may be.
Cases involving bicyclists being struck by motorists are unfortunately not all that uncommon. Bike accidents often occur because motorists have difficulty in visualizing bicyclists or fail to respect their space. They also occur when motorists speed, impairing their ability to properly control their vehicles. Driver intoxication, either from drugs or alcohol, can cause a motorist to make poor judgments as well.
The nighttime is particularly poor in terms of visibility and the potential for impaired driving.
If your loved one suffered permanent disabilities or died after being struck by a motorist, then a Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney can guide you in recovering medical, funeral costs and more damages.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News, “Bicyclist killed in Koreatown hit-and-run, driver arrested,” Oct. 25, 2017