Bicyclist Killed in Washington Hit-and-Run Crash
A 38-year-old man was killed and a 51-year-old man was injured in a Washington car accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in The Seattle Times, the fatal bicycle accident occurred along Kendall Road in Bellingham. Officials say the two cyclists were riding when a 1994 Ford Escort struck them and drove away. The 38-year-old died at the scene and the other cyclist was hospitalized. The 57-year-old driver of the vehicle was later arrested and booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of hit-and-run.
It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident when someone has been injured or killed. According to Washington Statute 46.52.020, “A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident.”
If you have lost a loved one in an accident, it is in your best interest to discuss your legal rights and options with a skilled bicycle hit-and-run victim lawyer in Washington. A knowledgeable attorney will know how to help you obtain fair compensation for your losses whether the at-fault driver is apprehended or not. Often in hit-and-run cases, victims are left with tremendous financial burdens such as medical bills.
The experienced car accident lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. have a long and successful track record of helping accident victims. If a hit-and-run driver has injured you or if you have lost a loved one in a collision, please contact us at (888) 228-3860 for a free and comprehensive consultation.