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Bicyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run East of San Francisco

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

In some cases, the driver responsible for causing a serious car accident readily accepts responsibility for causing the crash. They know that they were driving carelessly, or negligently went through a stop sign, and are willing to accept the consequences. But too often, a driver will try to avoid the consequences of his actions. This can take the form of lying to police officers or insurance companies about the accident. Other times, the driver tries to avoid being identified in the first place.

This is apparently the case in a recent fatal hit-and-run accident that took the life of a bicyclist about 40 miles east of San Francisco. One night last week, a 57-year-old man was riding his bike when he was struck by a motorist. The driver drove away from the scene without stopping, despite sustaining extensive damage to the front of his car. The bicyclist died at the scene.

Because of the major damage to the car, there was debris and parts from the car left at the scene of the collision. Local law enforcement authorities took those parts to several local car dealerships before identifying the car as a 2012 Mercedes.

Within two days, the police tracked down a 2012 Mercedes with damage consistent with that from the crash. It was about three miles from the crash site in the garage of a prominent San Francisco professional. The alleged driver was arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run manslaughter.

While this is apparently an extreme case of a driver trying to escape responsibility for an accident which he had caused, less dramatic attempts to avoid liability occur all too frequently. An experienced San Francisco car accident attorney can help you investigate a motor vehicle accident and hold the negligent driver responsible.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, "Lawyer arrested in Dublin cyclist's hit-run death," Henry Lee, may 19, 2012