The Charleston Police Department is investigating an evening crash Saturday, March 16, 2019, that resulted in the death of a bicyclist. According to ABCnews4.com, “[a] Charleston man hit a 63-year-old bicyclist around 10:44 p.m. near the Saint Denis Dr. intersection after [the driver] entered the bike lane.” The news outlet reports “the victim was taken to MUSC, where he died from his injuries.” Live5news.com is reporting “[the driver] fled the crash scene…[h]is truck was observed a short time later…[p]olice say they initiated a traffic stop and noticed fresh damage on the vehicle.” According to the news story, “[the driver] admitted that he had just been involved in a collision with a bicyclist.”
The Live5news.com story indicates that the alleged intoxicated driver “was charged with felony driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a collision resulting in death and reckless homicide.”
Our Legal Take
As the details of this incident continue to develop, and if the motor vehicle driver is found to be at fault, the victim’s family may elect to file civil claims for their loss.
Based upon its experience and success handling cycling and pedestrian claims, The Murray Law Firm suggests that the victim’s family should retain an experienced personal injury firm to protect his interests and ensure an unbiased investigation. Photographs of the roadways involved and a review of surveillance footage from nearby businesses or properties, if any exists, will need to be performed immediately before any evidence is damaged or destroyed.
The Murray Law Firm has obtained over $100 million dollars in verdicts and settlements for its Clients, including for victims and their fanilies of Georgia cycling and pedestrian accidents such as this one. We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone 888.422.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.
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