On Thursday, October 11, 32-year-old cyclist Kellsey Twesme was fatally injured in a collision with a motorist in Ridgrcrest. While traveling southbound on Jacks Ranch Road in a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville, 87-year-old Juanita Finnessey veered into the bicycle lane and struck Twesme, who was also riding southbound at the time. The impact threw her from the bike. Paramedics transported her to an area hospital, where she succumbed to the trauma she suffered. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“When a bicyclist sustains fatal injuries due to the negligence of a driver, his or her family may hold the driver accountable for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim,” explained California cycle accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Ridgecrest accounted for 10 of the 110 injuries suffered by bicyclists in Kern County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. No cyclists lost their lives in crashes that occurred in the county that year. Statewide, the incidence of fatalities among bicyclists decreased 9.2 percent from 109 in 2008 to 99 in 2009 and 2010.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Kellsey Twesme, the cyclist who was fatally injured in the collision with the motorist.
Additional information on the injury and the wrongful death claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a California cycle accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.
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