This video from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania captures a terrifying hit-and-run incident on the freeway. After striking a cyclist, this motorist immediately attempts to flee with absolutely no consideration for the victim. The cyclist was riding in the street due to construction on the roadway. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation created a walkway along the road, but it is for pedestrians and cyclists are not permitted to use it. The quick thinking by this bus driver to halt the fleeing motorist proved to be effective, as well as the driver who backed the car in behind the bus.
“Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant David Krumer and Commander David Doan sorted through massive collision data for 2008, and found that in 2008, 23 percent of bike involved traffic collisions are hit-and-run—3 percent were misdemeanor and 20 percent were felonies,” said a report published by BikeSideLA.org.
If you witness a hit-and-run, you should contact the police and provide as much information as possible instead of attempting to stop a fleeing felon. If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, call our office at (858) 530-4800.
Dudek Law Firm, APC—San Diego bike accident attorney.