A 61-year-old man identified as Tom Fawcett was killed after the bicycle he was riding was struck by a hit-and-run driver on the Guadalupe River Trail, San Jose, on Thursday evening, June 4th.
According to the initial reports from local authorities, the fatal accident happened at around 4:56 p.m. directly under the Tasman Bridge.
The older bicyclist, along with his 59-year-old female companion collided with a car head-on. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene.
The older man and his companion were rushed to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, the older man died shortly after. His female companion sustained severe injuries and is currently receiving treatment at the hospital. The hit-and-run driver was later identified as a 27-year-old man named Antonio Bolanos.
Fatal Hit and Run Crash Investigation is Underway
Local authorities are currently investigating the accident. Witnesses that can provide additional information about the accident are urged to contact Detective Mike O’Brien of the San Jose Police Department’s Traffic Investigations Unit at (408) 277-4654. Callers that want to provide an anonymous tip can call Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867). A cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers awaits the witness that can provide vital information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect.
It is apparent in this case that the liability falls on the hit-and-run driver for leaving the victim wounded and fleeing the scene. The suspect will most likely face criminal charges once caught. Bicycle crashes often happen in urban areas, where cars and bicycles interact the most. Cars hitting bikes is the leading cause of bicyclist injuries and deaths throughout the state. Common reasons for this are drivers failing to yield the right of way, running a stop sign or red light, or not paying attention enough on the road and texting while driving. Drunk driving and careless driving can also lead to a fatal bicycle collision. Although motorists would often escape unharmed, the bicyclists suffer the most from these types of accidents as they can sustain significant injuries or even potentially die.
When facing cases like this, it’s vital to have an experienced Santa Clara hit and run accident attorney specializing in bicycle accidents to conduct an independent investigation. Attorneys have the resources to help prove the negligence of the liable party. All contributing factors, such as road conditions, signage visibility, and road lighting, should be considered and thoroughly examined.
Santa Clara Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal Bicycle Accidents
Suddenly losing a loved one due to a fatal hit-and-run bicycle accident can be quite stressful and devastating.
While waiting for the results of the official investigation, the victim’s family is entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim with their attorney’s help. Through the wrongful death claim, the victim’s family can seek compensation for the damages (such as loss of income and companionship, funeral costs, pain and suffering, and emotional distress) that the fatal accident has caused them.
Attorneys can serve as a compassionate, helpful legal guide during this difficult time for the grieving family. 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. Attorneys can also negotiate with insurance companies on behalf of their clients to make sure that they are compensated fairly.
If you have a nagging suspicion that someone is to blame for the death of your spouse or family member, contact Arash Law. We have the resources you need to pursue justice for wrongful death and the experience to ensure that you get fair compensation. We’re conveniently located throughout California, with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, and San Diego, and are happy to visit you at your home or office. Call (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a personal injury attorney in California.