Taft, CA – According to KBAK, the bicyclist victim of a hit-and-run crash found near Gardner Field Road on the morning of Sunday, February 4, 2024, has been identified by the Kern County Coroner’s Office as 56-year-old Alfred Allen Arguelles of Taft.
While the time of the accident is unknown, emergency responders found Arguelles in the vicinity of Gardner Field Road, west of Commerce Way in Taft, just after 7 AM. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigations continue into the vehicle that killed him and those responsible.
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.