A 45-year-old Arroyo Grande woman was taken into police custody and charged with multiple offenses for her role in a fatal hit-and-run collision with a bicyclist that occurred on Oct. 2 in Nipomo, police said. The accident occurred around 11:15 a.m. on Los Berros Road when the woman allegedly rear-ended the bicyclist with her Honda Accord, causing him to suffer serious head injuries despite wearing a helmet. The 48-year-old bicyclist died from his injuries.
Following the collision, witnesses say the woman attempted to flee the scene. A witness called 911 and followed the woman's vehicle, cornering her with the help of other motorists until police could arrive. The witness told the 911 operator that the woman's vehicle had a large dent in her windshield along with significant front-end damage from striking the bicycle. After being cornered, the woman repeatedly asked to be let go, according to the witnesses.
The woman's charges include gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI and driving with a suspended license. She was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail. At arraignment, the court set her bond at $100,000. She still remains in custody pending resolution of her case.
Victims of motor vehicle accidents are sometimes able to seek compensation for their injuries and associated expenses by filing a civil lawsuit. A personal injury attorney who practices in the area of car accidents may be able to help their clients identify all possible legal avenues they may take. Victims or their families may be able to recover both noneconomic and economic damages for funeral expenses, medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering, among others.
Source: KSBY 6, "Bicyclist identified in hit-and-run crash near Arroyo Grande", Charles Mistra, Oct. 2, 2014.
Source: CalCoastNews.com, "Man dead after Nipomo hit and run", October 02, 2014
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