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Crash with Big Rig Kills Leonardo Torres, 57, on Wible Rd in Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA – Leonardo Torres, a 57-year-old resident of Bakersfield, has been identified as the bicyclist tragically killed in a collision on Wible Road, according to KBAK.

The crash occurred on Friday, April 26, 2024, at approximately 5:58 PM, when officers from the Bakersfield Police Department responded to a collision involving a big rig and a bicyclist at the intersection of Wible Road and Planz Road. Upon arrival, they found Torres had been struck and killed.

The initial investigation revealed that the big rig driver was traveling northbound on Wible Road, while Torres was riding west on Planz Road when the collision occurred. Although the driver initially left the scene, they returned after being informed by an eyewitness. Authorities have stated that alcohol, drugs, and speed do not seem to have played a role in the crash.

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.

Duty of Care Toward Cyclists

Cyclists are owed a “duty of care” from drivers no matter where they meet. This legal responsibility stems from the fact that cyclists travel with less protection alongside heavier and faster cars, trucks, and SUVs. 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.

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