A bicyclist riding on the shoulder of Brick Kiln Boulevard in Newport News, Virginia (VA), sustained life-threatening injuries when he got struck by a car whose driver quickly fled the scene. The almost-deadly hit-and-run accident occurred near the intersection with Jefferson Avenue at around 8 am on December 10, 2014. Police have asked anyone with information concerning the identity of the at-fault driver to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (562-5887).
The crash appears to have happened on the side of the four-lane road that lacks a paved bike path. However, bicycles are classified as vehicles under Virginia law, making it legal for riders to use surface roads. Statutes also require cars and trucks to pass bicyclists with caution and while leaving a space of at least two feet. News reports do not specify whether the person behind the wheel of the car hit the bike rider from behind or sideswiped the two-wheeler. Regardless, the contact caused the unprotected biker to suffer critical injuries.
Also, despite whatever negligent or reckless acts the driver or bike rider committed, the worst decision came when the person operating the car drove off without stopping to check on and provider assistance to the person on the bicycle. Perhaps the at-fault driver lacked insurance, feared other consequences from speaking with law enforcement officers or was impaired by drugs or alcohol. Whatever the reason, nothing can stand as a valid excuse for injuring another person then refusing to offer aid or accept responsibility.
My fellow Virginia personal injury lawyers and I wish the injured bicyclist a full and rapid recovery. We also hope the driver who caused his injuries is found soon and held to account.