Friday, April 24, 2009

This week's fatalities and update on Anthony Kaim

Anthony Kaim, the cyclist who was hit on 360 on April 11, is still recovering from his injuries at Brackenridge Hospital. He has been treated for punctured lungs, broken ribs and jaw, shattered pelvis as well as road rash, cuts, etc. He moved from ICU to intermediate care this week.

Los Angeles County Bicycle Accident Caused By Drunk Driver

A 44-year-old bicyclist was struck and killed in an Los Angeles car accident the morning of April 19, 2009, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was hit early morning by 22-year-old Alejandro Hidalgo of Panorama City. Hidalgo was in a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant with a passenger, driving south in the 1200 block of North Glendale Boulevard near Park Street when he hit the victim, who was riding a 10-speed bicycle south on Glendale Boulevard. Police said Hidalgo fled the scene of the accident. An individual, who witnessed the fatal car accident was, however, able to jot down the hit-and-run vehicle's license plate number. Los Angeles Police Department detectives tracked Hidalgo down at a Panorama City home. The passenger, who was riding with Hidalgo, provided a statement and was released. Police arrested Hidalgo on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and felony drunk driving.

Fatal Bicycle Accident in Virginia Beach
April 19, 2009

Update: On Sunday, April 19, at 5:52 a.m., Virginia Beach Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel were called to the scene of a bicyclist that was struck by a SUV in the 3000 block of Shore Drive. Upon arrival, emergency personnel located a 54-year-old man in the roadway. The victim, Daniel Wayne Hersh, of the 2300 block of Windway Lane, Virginia Beach, sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital, where he died a few hours later. Fatal Crash Team investigators learned that the victim was traveling eastbound on Shore Drive on his bicycle in the outside lane. His bicycle was struck in the rear by a Ford Explorer. It does not appear that speed or alcohol were factors in this crash. Charges may be pending in this case.

73-Year-Old Beaumont Man Killed in Auto-Bicycle Accident
Victim identified as Jose Tristin of Beaumont
David Ingram
Apr 24, 2009 at 7:41 AM CDT

A 73-year-old Beaumont man is dead following an auto-bicycle accident Thursday afternoon. Just after 4 p.m. a man identified as Jose Tristin was walking along side his bicycle near the intersection of College Street and Avenue A in Beaumont. According to police he was struck by a passing P.T. Cruiser. The impact threw him into the windshield of the car. Tristin was taken to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth where doctors tried, but could not save his life.

Florence Police Rule Cyclist's Death an Accident
Clarissa Stephens Shoals Bureau Reporter
April 22, 2009

On Tuesday night, a young man fell more than fifty feet from a bluff while he was mountain biking with a friend. Police have ruled the death an accident. Jesse Hill, 21, of Florence, and a friend were mountain biking on a trail above Cypress Creek on Tuesday evening when things took a turn for the worst. "They had ridden there before and knew there was a dangerous part of the trail," explains Florence Police Detective Suzanna Taylor. Taylor says the pair agreed to get off the bikes and walk once they reached that point. However, when the time came, Hill's friend saw him coming from behind. "He was out of control. He did not have control of the bicycle," says Taylor. "Mr. Hill's back tire hit a root on the ground and caused him to go airborne." Taylor says Hill managed to throw the bike down, but the momentum propelled him forward and that's when he fell down the embankment. Read More.

Cyclist dies after truck runs red light and hits him
Erin Alberty
The Salt Lake Tribune
Updated: 04/21/2009

A cyclist died Monday after he was struck by a pickup that apparently ran a red light at State Street and 3900 South. Gregory A. Hayes, 48, was riding a bicycle westward across State Street in the south crosswalk about 1:30 p.m. when a northbound Ford F-250 struck him, tossing him over the top of the truck, said Salt Lake County sheriff's Lt. Don Hutson. The Ford then continued into the intersection and collided with an eastbound Mitsubishi Diamante. "Witnesses were adamant that it was a clear red light" for the pickup, Hutson said. Detectives are investigating whether alcohol or drugs were factors. Hayes died about 5:30 p.m.; the man driving the Ford, 51, was taken to a hospital for observation. The Mitsubishi driver was not injured.