Hundreds of cyclists recently gathered outside Houston to train for a charity event to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The cyclists were likely focused on building endurance for the upcoming lengthy race, not on car accidents. However, tragedy struck when two participants were killed by a Texas motorist.
The Waller County Sheriff's Office reports that a 25-year-old man was driving his vehicle near the cyclists when he struck a 48-year-old woman with his car. Shortly after he hit the woman, he ran into another cyclist, a 37-year-old man. Both riders were killed from the impact. Another cyclist was forced to dive from his bike into a ditch to avoid being hit. The third cyclist was transported to a nearby hospital, according to local authorities.
The driver reportedly abandoned his car and fled the scene on foot. Several law enforcement agencies joined together to search for the man. Police officers stated that the man had broken into a home near the accident. The homeowner discovered the man in his house and persuaded the driver to go to the police station willingly. The driver currently faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident, though the driver may face more serious charges as the incident is further investigated.
When fatal car accidents occur, surviving family members may decide to pursue a wrongful death claim. While a favorable outcome in a lawsuit could never replace a lost loved one, an award could help families bear the unexpected funeral expenses and compensate for their grief and suffering. A Texas attorney familiar with personal injury law can evaluate the evidence and develop a course of action to achieve the best results for the situation.
Source: chron.com, "Driver arrested after allegedly killing 2 cyclists in Waller County", St. John Barned-Smith, March 25, 2017