The motorist involved in a fatal bicycle accident in Utah will face charges for the wrongful death of cyclist Douglas Crow. Driver Maria Fregoso-Avina is facing negligent homicide charges after she struck Crow with her SUV on train tracks in Provo, Utah on February 15. Crow was knocked down on the tracks and was not able to get up before he was hit by a train. Responders pronounced Crow dead on the scene.
According to reports, Fegoso-Avina’s windshield was frosted over and she has little to no visibility as she was driving. She was charged with negligent homicide, improper lookout and driving with an obstructed windshield.
“When you are driving you have to be able to have all of the senses available and sight is one of those,” says Provo Police Lt. Matt Siufanua. “If you can’t see you shouldn’t drive, and that means scraping the windshield. She failed to do that and as far as we’re concerned that was a major contributing factor.”
Fregoso-Avina’s negligence lead to this unfortunate incident and she must be held accountable. Please contact our office for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident.
Tip of the week: Urge your local legislators and community organizers to install bike lanes on roads. Research has shown that bike lanes reduce accident risk for motorists and pedestrians as well as cyclists.
Dudek Law Firm, APC—San Diego bicycle accident attorney