Traffic in both directions of a roadway in the California city of Fontana was delayed for several hours on a recent Wednesday morning. This followed a fatal bike crash in which a cyclist lost his life. An incident report indicates that the accident occurred shortly after midnight, and police have confirmed the identity of the cyclist.
Fontana police say an eastbound vehicle driver struck a bicyclist who was riding near the edge of the roadway, heading in the same direction. The impact appeared to have been enough to launch the bike rider onto the vehicle’s windshield and hood. The car went on to smash into a utility pole, catapulting the cyclist a distance of about 40 feet.
The bicycle rider was declared dead at the crash scene. Reportedly, police had reason to believe that the vehicle operator was impaired when he hit the cyclist. He was arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. The bicyclist was 67 years old.
The family of the bike crash victim will likely have to face the financial consequences that are usually associated with these types of fatal crashes, such as end-of-life expenses, while also coping with the tragedy of his death. Monetary relief may be pursued by filing a wrongful death claim in a California civil court. To hold the suspected drunk driver accountable for the cyclist’s death, negligence must be established to the satisfaction of the court. Once financial liability is established, the court will consider all documented claims when a monetary judgment is entered.