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Oxnard: Child Injured in Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident. Witnesses Caught Driver


Posted on Apr 02, 2012

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31st, a child was injured in a hit-and-run bicycle accident in Oxnard. Fortunately, witnesses to the collision stopped to administer aid to the 10-year-old boy, as well as helped catch the driver. While traveling through the intersection of Santa Lucia and Rose avenues, 54-year-old Raul Rivera struck the bicyclist. Two of the five occupants in a nearby vehicle immediately pulled the boy out of the street to safety, while the other three chased the driver and reported his whereabouts to police. Authorities apprehended Rivera at the intersection of Channel Islands Boulevard and DuPont Street, arresting him on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and driving without a license. 

“Once the driver responsible for a hit-and-run crash has been identified, the victim may seek compensation for injury-related expenses from that person,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. 

Oxnard accounted for none of the 2 fatalities and 52 of the 284 injuries suffered by bicyclists in traffic accidents in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, hit-and-run collisions claimed the lives of 185 people and injured another 20,260 in the state. 

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the child who was injured in the hit-and-run bicycle accident. We would also like to thank the witnesses who ensured the boy did not suffer further injuries and the driver was apprehended. 

Resources for accident victims and their families, including books and articles on the process of pursuing an injury claim, are available to the public free of charge.

To request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596. 

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