Monday, November 5, 2012

Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Queens Rocker-Bicyclist And People Notice

I was Googling bicycle accidents the other day, and I came across a sad story from New York. Although I am not a New York auto accident lawyer, I do handle these cases in Los Angeles, California for Ehline Law Firm PC (Click here.) The drummer in a popular Brooklyn, N.Y. was killed, by a hit-and-run driver, while riding a bicycle.

The bicyclist was 24-year old Terence Connor, who was riding a bicycle on Metropolitan Avenue, in the vicinity of Steward Avenue in the East Williamsburg section. Connor, who was a drummer in a popular indie band, was struck by a hit-and-run truck at approximately 5:15 a.m. October 1, 2012. He was transported to Woodhull Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Famous Slacker Will Miss Him

The bicyclist mother Shelly Conner told media sources that Connor had so “many friends” and was in a popular band “Total Slacker” that just began recording their second album, with their first being “Trashin.” Lawyer Jonathan C. Reiter, said the truck that hit Connor and did not stop is in violation of New York’s state hit-and-run law. This makes it a felony for anyone who leaves the scene of a serious accident.

Reiter said that the area of Metropolitan Avenue is known as a dangerous stretch of road, with a high volume of traffic. The driver had the responsibility to operate the truck in a reasonably safe manner, based on the conditions, with traffic and lighting conditions on the roadway at the time of the collision. The driver also had the duty to comply with pertinent traffic laws. He had the responsibility to see everything on the roadway, including the bicyclist and implement caution.

This Was a Hit and Run Bicycle Accident

The truck driver hitting Connor and leaving the scene was not only illegal; it could be noteworthy about his level of perception of guilt in causing a catastrophic accident and leaving the scene. The hit-and-run is being investigated by the New York Police Department, who are searching for the driver of the truck. This could have serious consequences on any future civil matter against the trucker or his employer, assuming the driver was within the course and scope of his duties at the time of the collision.
Reiter said this will provide answers to many of the questions and he said it is only a matter of time, with all of the video cameras on street corners, until the driver is found. He said, when the driver is found the police will inspect the truck for evidence of the collision with the bicycle and take the driver’s statement. The facts about the accident remain unknown at this time, Reiter said. In California bicycle wrecks like this happen all the time. Unfortunately, it usually takes a celebrity to die to give injured riders the news coverage they deserve.

Sources:

http://pitchfork.com/news/48043-rip-total-slacker-drummer-terence-connor/

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/driver-kills-cyclist-brooklyn-article-1.1172062

http://gothamist.com/2012/10/01/cyclist_killed_in_bushwick_pedestri.php

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/hit_run_kills_klyn_rocker_qbNcR1bMjeG9gQB2SmajwLhttp://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/hit_run_kills_klyn_rocker_qbNcR1bMjeG9gQB2SmajwL

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Bicyclist Killed in Fontana Hit and Run

July 14, 2012 - According to reports a 25 year old bicyclist was struck and killed in Fontana. According to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the fatal hit and run occurred at approximately 11:55 p.m. on Wilson Avenue, Thursday night.

Sheriff’s officals said the bicyclist that was killed in the hit and run has been identified as Alex Patrick Silva age 25 of Fontana. Silva and a friend were riding bicycles approximately one mile from his home, on Wilson Avenue east of San Sevine Road, when he was struck.

According San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department officials, Silva was transported to an area hospital where he later died. Sheriff’s officials have no description of the vehicle, but family members believe there was another witness at the scene that saw the hit and run vehicle.

San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department officials said the deadly hit and run remains under investigation and anyone with information should contact investigators.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bicyclist Killed in Fontana Hit and Run

July 14, 2012 - According to reports a 25 year old bicyclist was struck and killed in Fontana. According to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the fatal hit and run occurred at approximately 11:55 p.m. on Wilson Avenue, Thursday night.

Sheriff’s officals said the bicyclist that was killed in the hit and run has been identified as Alex Patrick Silva age 25 of Fontana. Silva and a friend were riding bicycles approximately one mile from his home, on Wilson Avenue east of San Sevine Road, when he was struck.

According San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department officials, Silva was transported to an area hospital where he later died. Sheriff’s officials have no description of the vehicle, but family members believe there was another witness at the scene that saw the hit and run vehicle.

San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department officials said the deadly hit and run remains under investigation and anyone with information should contact investigators.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Chicago Bike Injury Attorney Offers Suggestions On Avoiding Bicycle Accidents

My friend Jonathan Rosenfeld is a personal injury lawyer in Chicago who handles bike accident cases in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Unlike the sunny climate in California which allows bicyclists to take to the street all year, bicycling in Chicago is a fairly seasonal activity for many which leaves many cyclists vulnerable to crashes due to their unfamiliarity with the most frequent circumstances involving bicycle crashes.

Road accidents are a major cause of deaths and injuries regardless of which city you live in. Unlike most car accidents, biking accidents are generally more severe in nature because a bike offers little protection from impact with a colliding car or impact with the pavement. The good news is that with a bit of knowledge, bicycle accidents also remain one of most avoidable road accidents. Evaluating accident crash data and other statistical information now allows both drivers and bicylclists the opportunity to be mindful of the mistakes that others have made-- and take necessary precautions.

Collisions At Crossroads


Biking accidents are most likely to take place at street intersections or crossroads, near parked cars, at turns and while changing lanes. Biking accidents at crossroads happen when there is a perpendicular crash between a biker and a car or other vehicle. While both parties have a duty to keep a proper lookout as they approach an intersection, many drivers simply fail to see approaching cyclists. Knowing this, people riding bikes should slow as they approach an intersection, both to allow themselves and opportunity to look both ways, but also to given themselves an opportunity to stop if they need to. Similarly most bicycle safety experts suggest to proceed through intersections at a moderate speed to reduce the change of a crash with a driver turning left in front of your path of travel.

Crashes While Changing Lanes


When a biker switches to another lane while driving, he is vulnerable to be slammed from behind by any vehicle that was already in the lane. The reasons behind this type of accidents commonly involves a singular story- some thing quickly appears in the bicyclists lane of travel. In order to avoid the imminent collision, the cyclist instinctively changes lanes to an imminent crash. While this maneuver may indeed have prevented one crash, a rapid change of lanes frequently means that a bicyclist has avoided one hazard only to put himself at risk for another.

Particularly in congested areas, it is crucial that cyclists understand that obstacles can ready appear-- even in protected bike lanes. Therefore bicyclists should always ride defensively and think about how where they can safely steer in situations to avoid a pending crash. If there is no immediate 'out' cyclists should simply proceed slowly in order for them to stop as needed.

Dooring Accidents


This is a very common cause of injury to bikers. It occurs basically due to the ignorance of the passengers/driver traveling in the car who don’t see bikers coming from behind and ultimately open the car door in his immediate path of travel. Sometimes dooring accidents result in a direct impact between the biker and the open car door. In others, while there may be no contact between the cyclist and the door of the vehicle, the cyclist is actually seriously injured when they veer into traffic to avoid an imminent dooring.

Rather than assume that drivers and passengers in vehicles will look before opening a door, a biker should remain aware that parked cars commonly equate to dooring incidents. When possible, should remain at least four feet from parked cars. Lastly, because a significant number of dooring incidents result in a brain injury to the cyclist, the use of a bike helmet remains one of the best defensive acts that a bicycle rider can take.

Left Handed Turns By Drivers


Turning cars remain a very serious threat to bicyclists, typically because most cyclists never see the turning vehicle prior to impact. There's little doubt that in the majority of cases where a bicyclist was injured by a turning vehicle that the driver of the vehicle is indeed at fault. However, it is important for cyclists to remember that as a user of the road, they have the same responsibility to abide by traffic laws as the other cars and trucks on the roadway. Only following rules of the road and proceeding at a safe speed can realistically reduce the chances of a cyclist getting struck by a turning vehicle.

Jonathan is the founder of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. You can learn more about the work that Jonathan does for injured bicyclists and other victims of personal injury cases by contacting him below:

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers
33 North Dearborn Street, #1930
Chicago, IL 60602
(888) 424-5757
www.rosenfeldinjurylawyers.com

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Female Bicyclist Killed in Pacific Coast Highway Hit and Run

July 11, 2012 - According to reports a female bicyclist was killed in a hit and run crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica.

According to authorities the accident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Pacific Coast Highway in the vicinity of Entrada Drive in Santa Monica. Police said the female bicyclist was struck by a suspect driving a white pickup truck or SUV in the southbound lanes of the highway.

The female bicyclist was identified as a woman in her 30’s who, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The woman’s identity is being withheld pending notification of her next of kin.

Police said the driver reportedly fled the scene and they have no description. Police are asking anyone with information about the deadly hit and run to contact them. The white pickup truck or SUV is believed to have major front end damage, police said.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Bicyclist Needs Dozens of Stitches after Dog Pack Mauling

July 6, 2012 - According to reports a bicyclist required dozens of stitches after being attacked by a pack of dogs in Merced County. According to the Merced County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Scott Dover a bicyclist was attacked by a pack of six dogs and seriously injured on Clausen Road in the vicinity of Griffith Avenue in the town of Delhi outside of Turlock.

Sgt. Dover said the bicyclist identified as a 49 year-old man, was pulled off of his bicycle by a Labrador Retriever and five Pit Bulls or Pit Bull mixed dogs. The man was seriously injured and will require dozens of stitches, Sgt. Dover said.

Sgt. Dover said the six dogs were captured, by Merced County Animal Control and were from three different households. The sheriff’s spokesman said that the owners have been identified and will be responsible for the damages their dogs caused. Sgt. Dover said it will be up to the district attorney, whether charges will be filed against the owners of the dogs.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Hit and Run Crash Kills Bicyclist in North Hills

June 8, 2012 - According to reports a bicyclist was killed in a hit and run accident in North Hills. According to Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Ivan Minsal, the bicycle accident occurred at approximately 2:00 a.m. on Nordoff Street, in the vicinity of the 405 Freeway in North Hills. Capt. Minsal said the bike rider was traveling east on Nordoff Street, near Woodly Avenue in the lane closest to the curb, when the hit and run occurred.

Investigators said the bicyclist was a man in his 60’s and believe he was exercising at the time he was struck. They suspect the hit and run vehicle they are searching for is a black or dark blue, small to medium sized SUV. Capt. Minsal said police believe that the SUV has damage to the right front end, windshield and roof or roof rack.

Police said that the SUV was last seen heading eastbound on Nordoff Street in the direction of the 405 Freeway. They are asking anyone with information about the hit and run to contact the LAPD.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Teen Bicyclist Struck by Hit and Run Driver

April 18, 2012 - According to reports a teen bicyclist was struck by a hit and run driver Wednesday morning in Costa Mesa.

According to the Costa Mesa Police Department officials a teen bicyclist was struck at approximately 5:52 a.m. at Gisler Avenue and Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa. Costa Mesa Lt. Bob Ciszek said the bicyclist was struck by a gray Nissan or Toyota sedan, early Wednesday morning that fled the scene of the crash.

Lt. Ciszek said the teen suffered minor injuries in the hit and run crash. Police believe that the sedan received minor front end damage in the hit and run crash, said Lt. Ciszek.

Police are asking for anyone with information about the hit and run accident to contact the Costa Mesa Police Department.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Father and Daughter Bicyclists Killed by Teen Driver

April 9, 2012 - According to reports a father and daughter riding bicycles were killed by a teen driver in Concord.

According to police, officers responded to the scene of the accident at approximately 9:30 a.m. Saturday, near the intersection of Oak Grove Road and Treat Boulevard in Concord.

According to witnesses the accident occurred when the driver of a Cadillac Escalade was recklessly passing cars and drove through the intersection prior to hitting a car that was changing lanes in front of him.

The driver of the Cadillac Escalade has been identified by police as a 17 year old and then struck a family riding bicycles on the sidewalk, police said.

The family of three included Solaiman Nuri age 41, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. His two daughters, including Hadessa Nuri age 9, who was transported to an area hospital and died later. His other daughter and Hadessa’s older sister suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Police said all three of the bicyclists were wearing helmets and riding on the sidewalk at the time they were struck. The driver of the Escalade was treated by paramedics for minor injuries and transported to the hospital.

Police arrested the driver on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter at the hospital. Authorities said that prosecutors are determining if there is enough evidence to charge the 17 year old as an adult in the deadly crash.

According to police there is no evidence that alcohol played a role in the deadly crash, but officers found the teen’s cell phone in the Escalade and are determining if it played a role in the accident.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

BMW Hits and Kills 79 Year Old Bicyclist

March 1, 2012 - According to reports a BMW struck and killed a 79 year old bicyclist.
According to Huntington Beach police the accident occurred at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Bolsa Avenue in the vicinity of the industrial area west of Able Lane.

Authorities said the 79 year old male bicyclist was struck by a BMW sedan and has been identified as Ernest Klein of Westminster. Klein was transported to UCI Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

Police said the driver of the BMW sedan was identified as a 23 year old man that is from Long Beach. He remained at the scene of the bicycle accident and talked to police investigators. According to police there were no arrests or citations issued and the investigation into the cause of the accident is continuing.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Driver in Death of a Bicyclist Gets Four Years in Prison

February 29, 2012 - According to reports the driver in the death of a bicyclist was sentenced to four years in prison.

According to authorities the driver that was identified as Danae Marie Miller in the death of a bicyclist was sentenced to four years in prison.

Miller pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence and driving while texting, when she struck Amine Britel age 41 of Newport Beach.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Craig Robinson sentenced Miller to four years in state prison for the February 21, 2011 accident.

According to prosecutors Miller drank at her workplace, the Zinc Café in Corona del Mar and then drove her 2008 Volkswagen Jetta, hitting Britel.

The accident occurred on San Joaquin Hills Road in the eastbound lane and after the crash Miller’s blood alcohol level was 0.10.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Bicyclist Hit on Valentine’s Day in Irvine Dies From Injuries

February 15, 2012 - According to reports a bicyclist that was struck and critically injured Tuesday has died from the injuries. According to the Orange County Coroner’s Office officials the bicyclists has been identified as Christian Rhineer a 28 year old resident of Irvine.

Irvine Police Lt. Julian Engen said that the 28 year old bicyclist was struck at approximately 8:00 a.m. at the intersection of Von Karman and Michelson by the driver of a Volvo sedan. Lt. Engen stated that the driver, identified as a 26 year old remained at the scene and spoke with police. There have been no arrests or citations issued in the accident.

According to coroner’s officials Rhineer was transported to Western Medical Center where he died at approximately 6:30 p.m. They do not believe that Rhineer was wearing a helmet at the time he was struck by the Volvo. This was a public service message from the car accident attorneys Los Angeles.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Suspected Hit and Run Driver of Three Bicyclists Arrested

February 6, 2012 - According to reports a suspected hit and run driver of three bicyclists was arrested Saturday.

According to Seal Beach Police Sgt. John Scott the police department received a call Saturday at approximately 8:06 that three bicyclists had been struck on Pacific Coast Highway in the vicinity west of Anderson Street. The call said a woman driving an SUV had struck the bicyclists.

Sgt. Scott said the Seal Beach Police Department sent a radio broadcast to the Huntington Police Department with a description of the vehicle. The woman driving the SUV was stopped on the Pacific Coast Highway traveling eastbound in the vicinity of the intersection at 17th Street in Huntington Beach.

The woman was arrested and has been identified as Juli Ann Brown age 46 of Anchorage, Alaska. Brown was arrested on suspicion of hit and run, suspicion of driving under the influence and suspicion of narcotics possession, Sgt. Scott said.

According to Huntington Beach Police Department Brown was booked and taken to the Orange County jail.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Actor Gene Hackman Injured When Struck While Bicycle Riding in Florida

January 15, 2012 - According to reports actor Gene Hackman was struck and injured while riding a bicycle. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, actor and Academy Award winner Gene Hackman age 81 was struck at approximately 3:00 p.m. Friday in the bike accident.

Hackman who was injured according to his representative was airlifted to a trauma hospital after his bicycle was struck by a car in the Florida Keys. They stated the airlift was necessary due to the his location in the Florida Keys for treatment and routine tests.

According to the actors representatives he was not severely injured and is doing well, suffering bumps and bruises. Hackman is said to be returning home to recuperate after being treated for his injuries.