Bicyclist injured after New Year’s Day hit-and-run incident
According to an officer of the California Highway Patrol, around 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 1, a 49-year-old man on a bicycle was struck from behind by a vehicle on Airport Road in Anderson. The driver left the scene of the accident, and the bicyclist was discovered suffering from serious injuries. He was transported to a local hospital.
The CHP reported that the injured man had been riding the bike southbound without a rear light, and he was not wearing any safety gear at the time of the accident. There was no further word regarding the man’s specific injuries, but apparently the bicyclist does not recall the incident.
The preliminary investigation did not lead to any witnesses of this hit-and-run accident, and the CHP was asking for anyone who may have knowledge of the occurrence to contact them. However, it was reported that the driver who hit the bicycle rider may have been in a gray pickup truck, and the vehicle might have sustained front-end damage from the impact with the bike.
When a motor vehicle accident occurs, the investigation may be ongoing until the authorities find answers. In a case such as this one where the victim has no recollection of the accident and there are no initial witnesses, it may take some time before the case is solved unless the perpetrator or a witness comes forward.
An injury accident victim might decide to seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney. If a person suffers major injuries, he or she may incur damages like lost wages and medical expenses. Healing from serious injuries may require physical therapy or extensive rehabilitation time. An attorney could represent a victim in a civil lawsuit or help with insurance company negotiations.