According to a KCBS news story, an 18-wheel tractor-trailer traveling northbound on 3rd street in San Francisco on July 24, struck and killed a bicyclist as the big rig was making a right turn. Alvaro Aguilera, 39, the bicyclist, was pronounced dead at the Bayview District scene. The big rig and the bicyclist were traveling in the same direction at the time of the accident, about 2:20 p.m., according to Police Sgt. Steve Mannina.
According to Sgt. Mannina, the 45-year-old driver of the 18-wheeler was not arrested or cited. The big rig driver did submit to a voluntary blood test and there has been no determination of fault, according to the Sergeant as reported by KCBS.
Aguilera’s family needs to have their own investigation of this accident done immediately. This doesn’t smell right. They need to hire a trucking accident expert law firm now so that the attorney’s investigators and accident reconstruction experts can gather the evidence before it is altered and then figure this one out. Special attention needs to be given to exactly where and how Aguilera came into contact with the truck and where, exactly, on the roadway the truck was at that very moment of impact.
The trucks and driver’s log needs to be inspected as well. Had the driver exceeded his maximum number of driving hours? Were the turn signals on the truck activated? Were they working? Is there a “blind spot” that prevented the big rig driver from seeing Aguilera or did the driver just not see Aguilera?
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