Timothy John Briley, 42, was killed in a Huntington Beach bicycle accident after he was struck by a driver. Officials say the suspect may have been driving under the influence.
According to a City News Service report, the fatal bicycle collision occurred the evening of Aug. 9 on Pacific Coast Highway north of Admiralty Drive. Police arrived at the scene to learn that a black 2018 Toyota RAV4 had struck a bicycle.
Ongoing Investigation into Fatal Huntington Beach Bike Accident
Investigators determined that the RAV4 was traveling south on Coast Highway and struck the bicyclist who was traveling north in the southbound lanes of the roadway, north of Admiralty Drive. Briley was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Police identified the Toyota’s driver as 70-year-old Barbara Front. She remained at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the collision or the events leading up to it is asked to contact Huntington Beach police at 714-536-5670.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of Timothy John Briley for their heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
California DUI and Bicycle Accident Statistics
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s 2021 report, driving fatalities involving alcohol impairment increased 20% from 966 in 2019 to 1,159 in 2020. The alcohol-impaired driving fatality rate increased 4% from 2019 to 2020, accounting for 30% of California’s 3,847 fatalities. Bicycle accidents have also been surging in California.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2016 through 2018, more bicyclists died in traffic accidents across the state than during any three-year period in the past 25 years. Traffic accidents killed 455 cyclists in California from 2016 through 2018.
Laws and Liability Issues
California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) prohibits drivers from operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The same section also states that it is illegal for drivers to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher.
In such cases, DUI drivers, in addition to facing criminal charges, may also be held financially responsible for the losses they cause. Families of deceased victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering, and loss of love, care, and companionship. An experienced Huntington Beach bicycle accident lawyer will be able to provide victims and their families with more information regarding their legal rights and options.