The Redwood City police just released a statement that they will not seek criminal charges against the driver who fatally collided with a 14-year-old-girl who was riding her bike to school because she was at fault for the accident. The Woodside High freshman was on her way to school around 8:30 a.m. and should have yielded to the GMC pickup that was in front of her, but instead she attempted to make the same turn as the truck. She was hit, run over, and killed, shocking her family, her 1,800-student school, and the entire community.
This conclusion made by the police that the driver was not criminally at fault has been rejected by the girl's family, and they are launching their own investigation to discover the cause of the accident. An eyewitness saw both the 42-year-old driver of the pickup and the young girl headed east on Jefferson Avenue, and noted that the driver clicked on his right hand turn signal as he approached the intersection. The bicyclist was also planning to turn right on the street, which has a designated bike lane, and she continued to ride alongside the truck's rear end to make the turn. However, she wound up trapped in a shrinking space between the curb and the GMC, and finally collided with the truck's rear side.
As of now, there has been no evidence of wrongdoing significant enough to recommend the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office to file criminal charges. Bicycle accidents are some of the most injurious types of accidents that one can be involved in, and statistics show that the responsibility for collisions with cyclists often lies with the operator of the motor vehicle. When a driver acts negligently by failing to yield, ignoring a traffic signal or sign, pulling out of a driveway, forcing a cyclist off the road, or merging into the path of a bicyclist, he or she must be held responsible for their actions.
To learn more about bicycle accidents and for caring help if you have been injured in a bike accident or lost a loved one in a wrongful death, callHaberkorn & Associates today.