Investigators sought witnesses to a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred in Huntington Beach on Sep. 2 at approximately 6:30 p.m. A 2013 Mercedes-Benz C250 crashed into a motorized bicycle operated by a local resident near the intersection of Oahu Drive and Bolsa Chica Street . The authorities allege that the two vehicles were traveling south on Bolsa Chica when the Mercedes ran into the bicycle.
Police responding to the scene questioned the 51-year-old male driver of the Mercedes whom they suspect was driving while alcohol impaired. An accident reconstruction team was working this investigation as well, and eventually, the driver of the Mercedes was arrested and charged with a DUI.
Witnesses at the accident scene tried to assist the 55-year-old man who was riding the motorized bike, and emergency responders took him to UCI Medical Center. A spokesperson later reported that the man had died from the injuries he suffered in the crash.
When a car and bicycle accident like this one occurs, catastrophic injuries may result and could ultimately lead to the premature death of a loved one. The family of the man in this case could decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the car to recover such damages as medical expenses and a loss of future financial support that the man might have provided to a wife and children.
Civil litigation is handled separately from any criminal court proceedings that might take place, and the outcome of a criminal case would not have any bearing on a civil lawsuit. A personal injury attorney might advise family members seeking financial compensation in a case like this one. He or she could obtain investigative reports and represent a family in a lawsuit or help them with negotiating insurance settlements.
Source: KTLA, “Officials Identify Huntington Beach Bicyclist, 55, Killed in Suspected DUI Crash“, John Moreno, September 03, 2014