Newport Beach: Truck Struck, Killed Cyclist Sarah Leaf
Posted on Sep 16, 2012
At about 10:35 a.m. on Friday, September 14, a stake-bed truck struck and killed 29-year-old cyclist Sarah Leaf, of Corona Del Mar, in Newport Beach. Witness accounts and police statements indicate that the driver struck Leaf while turning right onto Bayside Drive from East Coast Highway; she had been riding in the same direction as the truck and was preparing to turn onto Bayside at the time of the accident. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision. Authorities are investigating the accident.
“When a driver causes a collision resulting in the death of another, the driver may be held liable for his or her negligence,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Newport Beach accounted for 1 of the 3 fatalities and 104 of the 1,203 injuries suffered by bicyclists in traffic accidents that occurred in Orange County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The OTS ranked Newport Beach 14th out of 58 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of fatal and injury bicycle accidents; 1st place is the worst possible ranking.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Sarah Leaf.
Corona Del Mar Today originally reported this fatal accident.
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