According to the initial reports from the local authorities, the fatal accident happened at around 10 p.m. in the area of Calle Real and Violet Lane in Goleta. The victim was cycling from a half-mile west of Glen Annie Road when a dark-colored SUV suddenly struck her.
Sadly, the victim died at the scene. The SUV was reportedly seen heading east on Calle Real toward Glen Annie Road, then southbound toward Hollister Avenue. Deputies from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department attempted to track down the suspect and found his abandoned SUV on 900 block of Camino del Sur.
The suspect was later identified as a 20-year-old man named Nicholas Baker. He was apprehended on suspicion of hit and run causing injury or death, involuntary vehicular manslaughter, and driving under the influence causing injury. He was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail with his bail set at $1 million.
Fatal Bicycle Accident Investigation is Underway
The local authorities are investigating the cause of the fatal accident. Bicyclists are more vulnerable to the dangers on the road in comparison to a passenger in a private vehicle.
When facing cases like this, it’s imperative to have an experienced Santa Barbara wrongful death attorney specializing in fatal bicycle accidents to conduct an independent investigation immediately to preserve the evidence better. Attorneys have the resources to hire expert witnesses, conduct drivers’ background checks, locate witnesses to the crash, and review applicable insurance coverage.
Santa Barbara Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Bicycle Accidents
While waiting for the results of the official investigation, the victim’s family is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim with the help of their attorney. Through the wrongful death claim, the victim’s family may seek compensation for the damages (such as loss of companionship, pain, and suffering, and emotional distress) that the accident has caused them.
Attorneys can serve as a compassionate legal guide for the grieving family during this difficult time. They will vigorously fight for their client’s rights and best interests while ensuring that the liable party will be held accountable for their negligence.
If you have a nagging suspicion that someone is to blame for the death or injury of your spouse or family member, contact Arash Law. We have the resources you need to pursue justice for wrongful death, as well as the experience to ensure that you get fair compensation. We’re conveniently located throughout the state of California with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, San Diego, and are more than happy to visit you at your home or office. Call (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a wrongful death attorney in California.