According to police, a bicyclist riding a bike in Nipomo was struck by a car around 11 a.m. on Oct. 1. The vehicle reportedly hit the back of the bicycle, causing the cyclist to be ejected onto the road. Though the victim was wearing a helmet, the bicyclist suffered fatal head injuries. The 45-year-old driver then left the scene of the accident.
The California Highway Patrol has identified both the victim and the driver in the hit-and-run accident. The driver was identified the same day the accident took place. The bicycler was identified the day after the accident as a 48-year-old man from Arroyo Grande.
The California Highway Patrol located the driver shortly after the accident and arrested the person for driving on a suspended or revoked license, driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter. The person was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on $100,000 bail.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles reports that over 100 people are killed in California each year while riding bicycles. Bicycles and vehicles are entitled to use California roads, and everyone who shares these roads has a duty of care to act reasonably. When fatal accidents are due to negligent motorist behavior, the victim's family may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney to discuss bringing a wrongful death claim against an at-fault driver. This claim may allow victims to recover damages related to the loss of their loved one. Damages can possibly include medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of income and companionship, pain and suffering and emotional damages.
Source: The Tribune, "Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run near Nipomo is identified," Matt Fountain, Oct. 1, 2014
Source: CalCoastNews.com, "Man dead after Nipomo hit and run", October 02, 2014