According to NBC San Diego, the individual responsible for seriously injuring a 38-year-old cyclist in October of 2013 was arrested and charged on Sunday, January 5. The 50-year-old motorist was traveling down SR-67 in a Dodge Ram 3500 on the morning of October 26, 2013, when he collided with another motorist in the stretch in which the road narrows from one to two lanes. The 50-year-old motorist swerved into the bike lane in an attempt to cut off the other driver. In doing so, he struck a 38-year-old cyclist.
According to court documents, the motorist was so enraged at the other driver that he neither saw nor felt the impact with the cyclist. The impact broke the victim’s neck and collar bone, resulting in a concussion. Months later, the victim is still in a limited mobility state of recovery. The victim can speak despite barely being able to move her neck. The victim, a single mother, said, “[i]t’s been life altering not just for myself, but for my kids. Every parent would like their child’s life to be this carefree, and I know it’s not been for my kids now.”
The San Diego bicycle community is deeply upset by the incident. The executive director of the San Diego County Bike Coalition said the accident was “an avoidable tragedy,” because “[t]he cyclist in this case was doing absolutely everything right.” He continued, “[t]here’s no place for road rage, particularly when you’re dealing with the safety of people out on the road.”
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The motorist has been charged with felony reckless driving resulting in serious injury. Depending on the court ruling, the motorist may face three years in the state penitentiary. Road rage is a great threat to bicyclists because it reduces the motorist’s awareness and concern for other cars, motorcycles and bicycles sharing the road. If you or a loved one has been injured by a reckless driver, our San Diego bicycle accident attorneys can help. Attorney Frederick M. Dudek is an experienced cyclist with firsthand knowledge of the dangers that cyclists face on a daily basis. For more information, contact us. To schedule a free consultation with one of our San Diego bicycle accident lawyers, call our firm at (858) 530-4800.
[Did You Know: Bicycle accidents cost an average $4 billion per year in the U.S., according to the National Safety Council.]
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Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Douglas-Lane-Arrested-for-Road-rage-Dispute-Which-Injured-Bicyclist-238799621.html, http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Bicyclist-Hit-in-Road-Rage-Accident-Speaks-Out–239002661.html, http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/data/factsheet_crash.cfm