Fresno, CA – On Saturday, February 10, 2024, at the intersection of Clinton Avenue and Van Ness Boulevard, a bicyclist was injured by a dark-colored vehicle that fled the scene, according to the Fresno Bee.
According to investigators, the bicyclist — a man in his 30s — was struck just after 10 PM and left lying near the road, while the driver of the vehicle that struck him fled eastbound on Clinton toward Wishon Avenue.
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.