Local law enforcement officials are asking the public for help in finding a driver who allegedly fled the scene after striking a bicyclist, leaving her with serious injuries.
The 30-year-old cyclist was reportedly heading south on North Coast Highway 101 when she was hit near Basil Street at approximately 10:05 p.m. She was transported to the hospital with a serious head injury, according to a representative from the sheriff’s department.
The car was described as a silver or white sedan, a 1993 to 2000 Mercedes C series. It sustained damage to its front end in the collision. Anyone with any information about the accident or who witnessed it is asked to call 706-966-3568 to assist investigators.
Hit-and-run offenses have serious consequences
By law, all parties involved in a car accident must remain on the scene until police or first responders arrive. The only exception is if the crash was minor and there are no injuries. Any driver who leaves the scene of an accident may face criminal charges, including felonies if the crash led to injury or death. A conviction could mean huge fines and prison time.
It can be difficult to proceed with a personal injury claim after suffering an injury in a hit-and-run crash, as police cannot always locate the at-fault driver. Therefore, the victim must often file a claim with his or her own insurance provider through their uninsured motorist coverage. When the offender can be found, however, the victim could recover significant compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation and pain and suffering.
To learn more about your rights and options after a hit-and-run crash in southern California, contact a knowledgeable San Diego personal injury lawyer with Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.