A female bicyclist was killed, two others suffered injures and a two-vehicle car accident occurred in California on July 17. According to the report, the crash took place at the intersection of Sherman Way and Shoup Avenue in West Hills at approximately 4 p.m.
Authorities stated that a Toyota that was traveling south on Shoup Avenue collided with a Lexus that was making a left-hand turn onto Sherman Way. The impact caused the Toyota to hit the sidewalk where the cyclist was. It was not reported if the cyclist died at the scene of the accident or if she was transported to a nearby hospital before being pronounced dead. The two drivers who were involved in the crash were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.
At the time the report was released, the authorities were still investigating the cause of the accident. A detective with the Los Angeles Police Department stated that they were still trying to determine if the driver of the Toyota, who appeared to have caused the accident, was under the influence of either drugs or alcohol when the collision took place. Additionally, the authorities were still seeking statements from any witnesses who may have observed the fatal accident.
When someone is hit by a car, it is likely that they will suffer injuries that could be potentially life threatening. If they do not survive, their family members may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim against either the driver who hit them or the driver who caused the accident that ultimately led to their death. This type of claim allows family members to seek compensation to certain damages, which can include the cost of an autopsy, funeral expenses and even loss of companionship.
Source: CBS Los Angeles, "Bicyclist Killed, 2 Injured In 2-Vehicle Crash In West Hills", July 17, 2014