The loss of a life in an accident is always a tragic event, especially when the victim was a promising young college student described as one of the brightest stars on his college campus. The bicycle accident that took his life near Baylor University in Texas involved a hit-and-run crash with a vehicle, which often results in serious injury or death to the bicyclist. Unfortunately, it can be very easy for drivers to miss seeing someone riding on the side of the road, which is especially true at night.
According to police, officers responded to the scene of the accident at 10 p.m. on Thursday, October 6. The accident occurred as the 19-year-old student was riding his bicycle with his girlfriend along a local road. The caller who reported the wreck told police that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed along the road before striking the man and his bicycle.
Authorities report that the vehicle did not stop to render aid and fled the scene eastbound along the road. The firefighters and paramedics who responded tried to revive the teen, but were unsuccessful. He was later pronounced dead at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center. Thankfully, the man's girlfriend was uninjured in the incident. Officers are still searching for the vehicle, but no arrests have been made at this time.
Surviving family members of a Texas victim involved in a similar fatal bicycle accident could benefit from discussing their case with an attorney who has experience in personal injury law and wrongful death litigation. Many expenses can result from such a tragic event that are unexpected, such as medical bills, funeral costs and other financial considerations. Though the driver in this case has not been caught or charged at this time, police tend to be especially diligent in apprehending suspects who are involved in homicides and hit-and-run accidents. Having an attorney on retainer will allow the family to move quickly in filing a civil suit in the event the suspect is captured.
Source: kwtx,cin, "Friends of BU student killed in hit-and-run grieve", Oct. 7, 2016