A cyclist was killed in an early morning collision in Madera County and investigators are still searching for the motorist responsible. The California Highway Patrol says the hit-and-run accident occurred on Monday, May 23, 2022, along Raymond Road just west of Road 28.
ABC30-TV reports the tragic incident unfolded northeast of Madera at around 5 a.m. Someone heard a collision and called 911. CHP investigators found the victim in the roadway and no driver on the scene. The bicyclist was killed in the crash.
Investigators say the motorist and vehicle responsible left the scene. They haven’t released a description of the vehicle or the driver involved. If you have any information about this terrible accident you are asked to call the California Highway Patrol.
Bicycle Accident Dangers in Madera County
Cyclists who use the roads in and around Madera are often subjected to the careless moves of cars, SUVs, and Trucks. Drivers often claim they couldn’t see the smaller profile of someone on a bike.
This is usually just an excuse for a driver not paying enough attention, especially at night. In California, drivers owe cyclists a special “duty of care.” They must always monitor for the chance of someone on a bike being nearby. Once sighted, drivers must slow down to prevent any sort of collision with a defenseless cyclist, especially when they are sharing a lane with a rider.
Madera County, unfortunately, hosts several bicycle collisions each year. The California Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) recorded 12 bicycle crashes involving injuries in 2021 across Madera County. In 2020, the county recorded 13 bicycle accidents involving an injury or death. Tragically, one cyclist was killed in 2020.
These devastating accidents only show how much more care is needed from motorists who are supposed to be safely sharing the road with riders.
A Word for Family Members After a Tragic Madera County Bicycle Accident…
If you have lost a loved one in a Madera County bicycle accident, you and your family should be informed of the benefits available through an insurance claim. Financial support must be sought for funeral expenses and for the guidance and income the deceased can no longer provide the family.
You can read more about these cases on my page about bicycle accident claims in California.