Murrieta: Drunk Driver Seriously Injured Bicyclist
Posted on Nov 07, 2014
At about 3:38 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, a drunk driver seriously injured a 42-year-old male bicyclist in Murrieta, reported The Press-Enterprise. While traveling northbound on Jefferson Avenue in an F150 pickup truck, 39-year-old Billy Raymond Bilke struck the cyclist from behind. The rider sustained major head trauma and was taken to an area hospital. Authorities arrested Bilke, who admitted to being distracted by his cellphone and by eating at the time of the crash, on suspicion of driving under the influence. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to call Traffic Sgt. Jay Froboese at 951-461-6302.
Throughout the city of Murrieta, motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 300 people in 2011, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 10 of the fatal and injury accidents. None of the victims were bicyclists. Compared to 54th other similarly sized cities, Murrieta ranked 48th for motor vehicle collisions and 55th for crashes involving alcohol in a ranking system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
Bicyclists who are injured in collisions may hold the at-fault parties liable for the expenses related to their recoveries through the personal injury 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 wish a full recovery to the cyclist who was injured in this accident.