Whittier bicyclist dies after accident leaves him in coma
Posted on Mar 07, 2010
More than two and a half years, after a bicycle collision with a Toyota Camry left him in a vegetative state, bicyclist Jeffrey Blum has died.
Because of his death, authorities may now reinvestigate the July 26, 2007 crash that left the 59-year-old truck driver in a coma from which he never recovered.
On that day, Jeffrey Blum was riding his bike in an unincorporated Los Angeles County area near Whittier. The driver of the Toyota Camry, told police that Blum had turned directly into his path. He slammed on his brakes, but could not avoid a collision. There were no witnesses to corroborate his story.
When the car hit the bicycle, Blum was thrown off the bike, hit the hood of the car, the windshield, and the roof and then landed face down on the curb. He sustained severe head trauma, a lacerated lung, broken left ribs, a broken hand, and a finger had to amputated. He remained in a coma until his death on March 1, 2010.
Because police were unable to determine what happened during the accident, no one was cited.
It is important that drivers watch out for bicyclists. When a motor vehicle hits a bicyclist, the cyclist is at an extreme disadvantage. Bicyclists are often seriously injured. Recovery from a bicycle accident can be long, costly process. If you’ve been hit by a negligent driver while riding your bicycle, contact the Los Angeles County bicycle accident attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie.