San Diego was abuzz last week after the heroic bicycle ride of a dedicated husband. The man’s actions led to the arrest of a hit-and-run driver.
Although their names have not been released, the man and his wife were out for a morning bicycle ride. Things were going fine when, without warning, a pickup swerved and hit the 57-year-old wife.
According to deputies, the pickup swerved while turning to avoid an unrelated rear-end accident. On its own, that’s a tragic but understandable response. What happened next, however, is not: the pickup truck drove up onto the curb after striking the woman and then allegedly sped off.
Riding not far away from his wife, the husband saw this and sprang into action. He kicked his bicycle into high gear and followed the hit-and-run driver, successfully getting down the full license plate number before breaking off pursuit. Thanks to this information, police tracked down the driver and charged him with felony hit-and-run. The woman was badly injured but survived.
As accident lawyers, we routinely hear stories of accident witnesses who followed fleeing drivers and helped hold them accountable. This action is laudable, but needs to be done carefully. If you find yourself on the scene of a hit-and-run, you may be tempted to go after the guilty driver, but if you do make sure to follow these basic precautions:
Any cyclist injured by a vehicle has a right to compensation, and should call a qualified bicycle accident attorney immediately. Contact Steinger, Iscoe & Greene to request a free consultation today.