A rear-end collision involving a bicycle and an SUV in the Bowers Hill section of Chesapeake, Virginia (VA), left the bike rider dead. The deadly crash happened in the 4600 block of S. Military Highway on the night of September 13, 2016.
The SUV driver told police he "did not see" the bicyclist before turning onto the highway and striking the bike from behind. The bike rider died from his injuries after being transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. It is unclear if charges will be filed.
This fatal crash was an accident. The driver did not intend to hit and kill anyone, and news reports do give rise to suspicions that he was acting recklessly. The driver did, however, make a mistake that cost another person his life. Evidence that the driver caused that death by negligently failing to look both ways before turning or by allowing himself to become distracted behind the wheel could still make him responsible for settling insurance claims and paying damages.
"I never saw" may be an explanation, but it is not a legal excuse. Drivers must make every effort to spot bike riders, pedestrians, motorcyclists and other vehicles while turning, merging or changing lanes. When they neglect that duty, other can suffer serious injuries or lose their lives.