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Driver convicted in death of Huntington Beach teen cyclist.


Posted on Nov 09, 2009

Two years ago, 14-year-old Danny Oates, was bicycling to his Huntington Beach school to pick up his class schedule. He never came home.
 
Jeffrey Francis Woods was driving his truck eastbound on Indianapolis Avenue. He crossed into on-coming traffic and hit the teenage bicyclist sending him flying 150 feet away. The boy died on impact. Woods the drove into a palm tree and through a wall into a backyard. His legs were crushed and had to be amputated.
Doctors who worked to save Wood’s legs found both Vicodin and Xanax in his bloodstream.  Both drugs may impair the ability to drive. Phone logs showed that Woods had been texting with his girlfriend one minute before the crash and had made phone calls while driving.
 
It took the jury less than two hours to convict Woods of gross vehicular manslaughter. Woods faces up to ten years in prison and will be sentenced on December 11.
  
This weekend, another bicyclist died in Huntington Beach according to the Orange County Register. On Saturday, police responded to reports of an injured bicyclists near the intersection of Brookhurst Street and Banning Avenue.  The unconscious bicyclist was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Police continue to investigate the accident.
 
Driving while impaired or distracted is irresponsible and a danger to pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists and other drivers. Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie represents all types of vehicle injury cases.  If you or a loved one have been injured by a negligent driver, contact us.  We can help you.  

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