[09-19-2019] Drunk Driver Abandons Injured Bicyclist in Baldwin Park Hit & Run DUI Crash

On September 19th, 2019, Joseph Mares was out riding his bicycle when, at the intersections of Stewart Avenue and Olive Street, he saw Josue Lugo’s silver Toyota speeding towards him. Mares attempt to swerve out of the way failed, and Lugo’s Toyota struck him.

At the scene, Lugo was arrested for driving under the influence.

A witness confirmed that Lugo failed to stop at a stop sign causing him to crash into Mares. He added that after the collision, Lugo stopped, then swerved around Mares, who was lying on the ground injured and continued to drive away from the scene of the accident without stopping to check on Mares’ well-being.



A Baldwin Park Police Officer on routine patrol also saw the incident and Lugo’s attempt to flee the scene. The BPPD officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on Lugo. The police officer stated, “Lugo traveled about 357 feet away from the crash, passing several free curbside parking then came to a stop only after I activated my units emergency lights.”

The collision was so strong it caused Mares to be ejected from his bicycle, be-thrown in the air, and fall traumatically onto the street. Mares was ambulated to the Queen of the Valley Hospital with possible injuries to his neck, back, and legs. 

The bicycle accident injury attorneys at Arash Law have now been retained by the victim to represent him in his journey towards justice.


Lead Attorney Arash Khorsandi, Esq. said:

“Drunk driving is an unlawful act that harms our communities and cities. We must take a stand against drunk drivers and their selfish and reckless behavior. With the ease and availability of Uber and Lyft, it is shocking drunk driving is still a problem. We hope that we can help our insured client get back to good health.” 

California Bicycle Accident Victims Should Seek Top Legal Help When Injured by Negligent Drivers

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle hit & run, it is important to consult with an experienced Baldwin Park bicycle accident attorney as soon as possible. Your legal right to compensation can be affected by anything you say – even things you say to medics and police at the scene of the accident. Let an experienced injury lawyer protect you from insurance company tactics, so you can focus on making the best recovery possible.

Call (888) 488-1391 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

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