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Bicyclist Christina Molina, 62, of Fresno Killed Crossing Emerson Ave

Fresno, CA – On January 29, 2024, a bicyclist identified as 62-year-old Christina Molina of Fresno was struck and killed at the intersection of Emerson and West Avenues, according to the Fresno Bee.

Around 7:30 PM, Molina was crossing Emerson and hit by vehicles turning onto West from Emerson. Emergency responders transported Molina to a local hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

Duty of Care in 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

Establishing fault in a collision can depend on multiple factors. Helping to determine legal liability is one of the ways that a personal injury attorney can help grieving families recovering from the loss of a loved one in a traffic accident.

If it is determined that another driver holds responsibility for their loved one’s death, they may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim with the insurance provider of the at-fault driver. A wrongful death claim can provide compensation to help cover hospital fees, burial costs, and the loss of support for dependents of the deceased.

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