On Sunday, October 19, 2014, a drunk driver struck and killed 30-year-old bicyclist Shaun Eagleson, of Fountain Valley, in Newport Beach, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling northbound on Pacific Coast Highway, a 23-year-old motorist struck Eagleson shortly after 5 p.m. near the Los Trancos entrance to Crystal Cove State Park and near Newport Coast Drive and fled the scene. Emergency responders transported him to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. He died there that night. Authorities apprehended and arrested the driver, who has a prior conviction for driving under the influence, on suspicion of felony DUI, hit and run, narcotics possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Newport Beach police are seeking murder charges.
Traffic collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 540 people in Newport Beach in 2011, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. Ninety-three of the victims were bicyclists. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 69 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death. Compared to 101 other similarly sized cities, Newport Beach ranked the 9th worst for traffic accidents, the 7th worst for DUI crashes, and the 5th worst for bicycle accidents.
When a bicycle rider is killed in a collision with a drunk driver, his or her family may hold the driver liable for their loss through the wrongful death claims process. For more information, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Shaun Eagleson.
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