At about 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10th, the driver of a white pickup truck struck and killed a female bicyclist in Santa Monica, fleeing the scene afterward. The collision occurred on the southbound side of Pacific Coast Highway near Entrada Drive. According to witnesses, instead of stopping to administer aid to the rider, the driver proceeded down the road and onto the 10 Freeway. Emergency responders pronounced the woman, who was believed to be about 30 years old, dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the crash.
“A hit-and-run accident resulting in fatal injuries can be especially difficult for the family of the victim, as their legal recourse may be limited in the absence of the driver,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis.
Santa Monica accounted for none of the 22 fatalities and 117 of the 3,714 injuries suffered by cyclists in traffic accidents in Los Angeles County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, hit-and-run was a factor in 185 of the fatalities and 20,260 of the injuries suffered in collisions that occurred throughout the state.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the female cyclist who the hit-and-run driver struck and killed last night.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this accident.
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