An elderly gentleman recently died after being struck by a car in Arizona. The victim was reportedly riding his bicycle in a bike lane when the car crash occurred. Local police are still investigating this incident.
It was recently reported that, on April 14, a 78-year-old man was struck by a car in the Sun Lakes area. According to the latest news article, the victim was riding his bike in a designated bike lane when the automobile struck his him, throwing him approximately 100 feet. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment; however, he died later the same day.
Authorities say that the driver of the car was heading in the same direction as the victim when, for reasons unknown, he or she drifted out of his or her lane and into the bike lane. The crash is still under investigation. It has not been reported whether any charges are pending in this case.
Accidents involving bicyclists occur far too frequently in Arizona. Sadly, many of them result in serious injuries or, as in this case, fatalities. The victim's surviving family members are now left coping with his unexpected and untimely death, as well as the many financial struggles that often accompany such an event. In accordance with state laws, it may be possible for the victim's loved ones to pursue civil claims against the driver deemed responsible for his death. By taking legal action, the victim's family may be able to achieve monetary relief for any financial fallout endured as a result of this car crash, along with a sense of closure.
Source: abc15.com, "Bicyclist, Donald Neu, identified as victim in fatal Sun Lakes crash", Max Walker, April 15, 2016