Sacramento, CA – Man on Bicycle Killed in Hit and Run Accident on South Watt Avenue
Sacramento, CA (December 03, 2018) – According to initial police reports by the Sacramento Police Department, the man who was killed in a hit and run accident on Wednesday morning has been identified as 40-year-old Paul Kahana.
Local police were notified of the incident shortly before 6:00 in the morning. It took place on South Watt Avenue, just south of Fruitridge Road. The victim, Kahana, was riding a bicycle down South Watt Avenue when he was struck by an oncoming car.
The driver failed to stop and wait for the authorities or render necessary aid, as required by law. He instead fled the scene of the accident and left the Kahana lying in the roadway. He was sadly pronounced dead at the scene when the paramedics arrived. The identity of the hit and run driver is still unknown at this time.
This investigation will remain open as local police continue to search for the person responsible for the death of Paul Kahana. Anyone with any information regarding the accident or the suspect is urged to please come forward.
Bicycle Accidents in California
We would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Paul Kahana. Our hearts are with you all during this dark and trying time.
According to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,376 pedestrians and 818 bicyclists were killed in 2015 in accidents involving a motor vehicle. This accounts for nearly 18% of the total 35,092 motor vehicle fatalities that occurred in that year.
For bicyclists, that means an average of over two people a day lose their lives in a bicycle vs car accident. The number of bicycle fatalities has increased by 12.2% from the previous year. In addition to fatalities, approximately 45,000 bicyclists suffered non-fatal injuries that resulted from car accidents in 2015.
While riding a bicycle is good for both your health and for the environment, and remains a cost-effective way of travel it also comes with dangers that are inherent due to the lack of protection a cyclist has, and due to the nonchalance of those driving cars on the same roadways.
If you or a loved has been injured in a car accident while riding a bicycle on a California roadway, you need to seek immediate legal representation to make sure that your rights are protected and that you receive all the damages that you are entitled to under the law. Remember that as soon as you to agree to the lowball settlement the insurance company offers you, it’s a done deal.
The attorneys here at the Los Angeles Injury Group have experience in handling these types of cases and making sure that our clients get what they are entitled to. If you are interested in a free consultation regarding the specifics of your case, please give one of our reputable attorneys a call at 310-954-7248 as soon as possible.