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California pedestrian dies after he is hit by a bicycle

It is not uncommon to hear about serious accidents involving cars and bicycles. It is much more uncommon to hear of a fatal accident involving a bicyclist and a pedestrian. In fact, a recent accident had no known precedent in California.

California prosecutors were trying to send a message about bicycle and pedestrian safety when a man was convicted of felony vehicular manslaughter for fatally colliding with a 71-year-old pedestrian. A witness testified that the 37-year-old bicyclist has sped through three red lights before hitting the man, although the cyclist claimed that they light was yellow when he entered the intersection. A district attorney on the case said that the conviction is more about sending the proper message and preventing future deaths than it is about the defendant.

The victim of this unusual bicycle accident was walking in a crosswalk in a California neighborhood with his wife on March 29, 2012 when the rider collided with him. His wife was not injured. The bicyclist claimed that he did not have enough time to stop his bike after the intersection filled with people and so he aimed it at the least crowded spot he could find. The rider plead guilty to the felony conviction and will be sentenced to 1000 hour of community service.

This bicycle rider was behaving recklessly and as a result, a man lost his life and a woman lost her husband. If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. A personal injury attorney may be able to help.

Source: San Francisco Gate, “Cyclist pleads guilty in Castro crosswalk death,” Philip Matier and Andrew Ross, July 23, 2013

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