Friday, April 8, 2011

Alleged Hit and Run Driver Long Beach Fire Captain in Bicycle Crash

April 8, 2011-According to reports a Long Beach Fire Department captain was arrested after a hit and run accident involving a bicyclist.

According to the Seal Beach Police Department John Hines age 38 of Huntington Beach was arrested for felony hit and run and felony driving under the influence. Hines was booked at the Seal Beach Police Department and was released on $50,000 bail.
Hines is accused of allegedly hitting a 48 year old bicyclist and fleeing the scene, according to police.

The bicycle accident was reported to police at the Seal Beach Police Department, on April 1st at approximately 1:34 p.m. on Westminster Avenue in the vicinity east of Bolsia Chica Road. Hines was driving a Chevrolet truck, according to Sgt. Steve Bowles, when it appears he swerved into the bike lane at approximately 60 miles an hour and hit the 48 year old rider, who was traveling east.

According to Sgt. Bowels, Hines did not stop to check on the injured bicycle rider that was thrown from the bike hitting the dirt shoulder of the road. Hines who kept driving was followed by witnesses to his Huntington Beach residence, where he was arrested.
The injured bicyclist sustained major head trauma and was transported to the hospital, where he was expected Thursday night to be released soon.

Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Matt Dobberpuhl stated that Hines is employed with the fire department, but would not confirm if he was on leave. This was a free public service message from the bicycle accident attorney Long Beach at Ehline Law Firm PC at:

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