A man was killed in a Los Angeles bicycle accident, which officials said, involved a suspected hit and run driver. According to a KTLA news report, the collision occurred the night of Nov. 18 along Main Street just north of 120th Street in the Broadway-Manchester neighborhood. The driver of a dark-colored sedan was heading north on Main when they crashed into the bicyclist. Police said the driver of the sedan did not stop to assist the victim.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics who responded to the scene took the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The victim was only described as male. No other details about the collision, the suspected driver or vehicle were released. Anyone with information is asked to contact LAPD officials at 323-421-2500. A reward of up to $25,000 has been offered to anyone who can provide information leading to the driver’s identification, arrest and conviction.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of this deceased bicycle accident victim for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Laws and Liability Issues
Under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a), it is illegal to leave the scene of a car crash where someone has been injured or killed. The same section of the law also states that motorists should stop and remain at the scene until officials arrive. They must also exchange information such as license and insurance details with other parties involved in the collision and most importantly, render aid to the injured victim or victims. Under the law, motorists are required to remain at the scene regardless of who was at fault for the incident. Leaving the scene of an injury or fatal crash is a felony under California law.
If you have been injured in a hit and run crash or if you have lost a loved one in a crash, not only is it emotionally devastating, but it can also be a tremendous financial strain. Families in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles hit and run lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to advise victims about how their auto insurance policy might apply to an incident where the hit-and-run driver has not been apprehended or in a case where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.