Huntington Beach: Cyclist Matthew Liechty Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident
Posted on Feb 21, 2014
Shortly before 11 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 37-year-old bicyclist Matthew Liechty was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Huntington Beach, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling southbound on Edwards Street in a gray 2012 Toyota Camry, 29-year-old Antonio Magdaleno Jr. struck Liechty, who was riding in the bicycle lane on the same side of the street, near Crosswind Drive. Liechty was pronounced dead at the scene. Magdaleno fled but was later apprehended nearby and arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to contact Investigator Tai Huynh at 714-536-5670 or Investigator Robert Barr at 714-536-5666. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.
In 2011, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 169 bicyclists in Huntington Beach, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked Huntington Beach the 2nd worst in the state for a city its size for its incidence of fatal and injury bicycle accidents. Hit-and-run was a factor in 62 of the collisions the resulted in injury or fatality. Across the state, 114 bicyclists lost their lives in accidents that year, a 13.2 percent increase from 2010.
Under California law, when a family loses a loved one to a traffic accident, they may file a wrongful death claim in order to hold the at-fault party liable for their loss. For more information about the wrongful death claims process, 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 Matthew Liechty.