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Cyclist killed after suffering serious injuries in hit-and-run

A California neighborhood well-known for its high number of pedestrians and bicyclists became the scene of a terrifying hit-and-run accident. According to police, a suspected drunk driver hit a man riding a bicycle and then fled the scene, dragging the man for some time. Ultimately, the victim succumbed to the serious injuries that he suffered in the accident.

Witnesses to the wreck told police that two bicyclists were in a designated crosswalk with the right of way when a speeding vehicle struck one of the two cyclists. It has been estimated that the vehicle was going approximately 80 mph, and some witnesses even reported that the driver appeared to accelerate just before the collision. However, the driver never stopped to see if the cyclist was okay or to contact police. Instead, he drove on at roughly the same speed, dragging the victim for several hundred feet along the road.

Later, a vehicle with damage indicative of some sort of collision was found abandoned some distance away. When police checked the registration from the license plate, they discovered that the man it was registered to lived very close by. According to police reports, they found the man drunk and with evidence of some kind of collision still left in his hair. After confirming that his vehicle was indeed involved in the accident and that he was the driver at the time, he was arrested on charges of murder and felony DUI.

The deceased bicyclist's identity will not be disclosed until his surviving family has been notified, but California police did state that the victim was a 33-year-old male. Although the criminal charges against the alleged drunk driver might be of some comfort to the family, the pain and devastation of losing a loved one from such serious injuries can often be addressed more aptly through a wrongful death lawsuit. When navigated to successful judgment or monetary settlement, families can achieve more than just financial compensation or recourse -- they can also earn a sense of justice.

Source: ktla.com, "Driver in Highland Park Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed Cyclist Was Drunk at Time of Arrest: LAPD", Ashley Soley-Cerro, Christina Pascucci, Kareen Wynter and Melissa Pamer, June 26, 2015

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