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Investigation Underway Following Hit-and-Run Death of 14-Year-Old Stockton Cyclist

Stockton, CA – Authorities are currently investigating a hit-and-run incident in Stockton that resulted in the death of a 14-year-old boy on Monday, January 22, 2024, according to CBS13.

According to the Stockton Police Department, the boy was riding his bike along East French Camp Road around 8:15 AM, when he was hit by an unidentified driver.

He was declared dead at the scene, and his identity has not been disclosed. There are currently no available details regarding the suspect vehicle or its driver.

Hit-And-Run Bicycle Accidents

Cyclists are owed a “duty of care” from drivers no matter where they meet. Motorists are legally obligated to monitor the roads ahead, and all mirrors and blind spots, for any rider who may be nearby. Drivers must hit the brakes to avoid any chance of a collision. This legal responsibility stems from the fact that cyclists travel with little to no protection when alongside heavier and faster cars, trucks, and SUVs.

Drivers must also stop once a collision has occurred to get medical attention for a cyclist as fast as possible. Remaining on the scene, turning on hazard lights, and blocking off traffic also reduce the chances of the victim being struck by approaching motorists who may not be able to see an injured cyclist down in the street.

Wrongful Death Claims

While no amount of money can replace the loss of a loved one, such tragedies carry with them unfortunate costs, such as medical expenses and burial costs, which should not fall upon grieving families but the party responsible.

A wrongful death claim made with an at-fault driver’s insurance provider can offer compensation for the family of the deceased, and a good personal injury attorney can negotiate with insurance companies on the family’s behalf to ensure that victims receive justice.

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