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UPDATE: Steven Garcia, 59, Arrested for Hit-and-Run That Killed Bicyclist Paul Sanchez, 33, Near Clinton Ave, Van Ness Blvd

Fresno, CA – On the evening of February 10, 2024, while riding his bicycle home, 33-year-old Paul Sanchez was hit and killed by a vehicle that fled the scene, which investigators have determined was being driven by 59-year-old Steven Garcia of Fresno, according to the Fresno Bee.

Officers of the Fresno Police Department determined that Garcia had been driving near Clinton Avenue and Van Ness Boulevard around 10 PM on the night in question, placing him in the vicinity of the fatal hit-and-run. A dark sedan fled the scene, matching the description of Garcia’s vehicle.

Garcia’s charges include felony hit-and-run, driving without a license, and driving without insurance.

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.

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