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I am always saddened to report another wrongful death of a bicyclist. In this case it was a 17-year-old cyclist was killed in a hit and run and left to die on the side of the road.

Romero, a high schooler and soccer player, was riding his bicycle innocently recently in the evening in Southern California. His family and friends found him on the curb and of course they are heartbroken with grief. The search is on for the hit and run driver, and I hope they find him or her soon.

As a San Francisco Wrongful Death Lawyer specializing in bicycle and pedestrian accidents, this hit and run enrages me. Why is it that so many motorists leave the scene after they strike a bicycle rider or a pedestrian? I do understand that these drivers may be afraid of the consequences of their actions, however, some of these pedestrians or cyclists struck by motorists surely could have been saved if they had been taken promptly to the hospital.

If you strike a bicyclist and leave that person alone and injured and they die due to lack of medical attention, this goes beyond felony hit and run. In my book, its murder. At least call 911. Anything less is sheer cruelty to the injured person and to their family.

My heart goes out to the family, friends and loved ones of the victim.

If you have lost someone you love through the wrongful conduct of another, you can count on Choulos, Choulos & Wyle to provide the serious help you need. Call us and we will be happy to explain your options.

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  1. Gravatar for Opus the Poet

    Something needs to be done, that is sure. The thing is now the rewards for running are very high, or rather the reduction in the level of prosecution is so great. Here in TX if you run you could escape the death penalty, assuming a second or later DUI and a fatality. A second DUI could be a felony, and a death that happens in the commission of a felony can be prosecuted as Capital Murder (1st Degree Murder in other states) and if found guilty a driver could get the death penalty. Or if he runs and waits until sobriety catches up with him and turns himself in he could get a maximum of 3 years, even if the prosecutor could prove alcohol consumption prior to the wreck. Without a blood test or equivalent it's just a wreck...

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