Los Angeles: Truck Struck, Seriously Injured Cyclist, Police Searching for Driver
Posted on Aug 06, 2012
Shortly before 9 p.m. on Sunday, August 5th, a pickup truck struck and seriously injured a cyclist south of downtown Los Angeles. While traveling near the intersection of Central Avenue and 32nd Street, the driver of what police described as a Chevrolet pickup, either red or orange in color, hit the bicyclist and sped away without stopping to administer aid. Paramedics transported the cyclist to a local hospital to receive treatment for major head trauma. Authorities are searching for the driver and plan to review surveillance video taken of the intersection by local businesses.
“In the absence of the driver at fault for the accident, the victim may incur debt from his or her medical treatment and other expenses associated with the injury,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis, “which is why it is important for police to apprehend the driver.”
Throughout Los Angeles County, 4,191 bicyclists were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Hit-and-run was a factor in 5,962 of the fatal and injury collisions that occurred in the county that year. Los Angeles ranked 10th out of 58 counties in the state for bicyclist safety; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the cyclist who was struck and seriously injured last night.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this hit-and-run accident.
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