Fatal Bicycle Collision Under Investigation
WATSONVILLE, CALIFORNIA (December 11, 2016) – A 34-year-old man on a bicycle was killed in a traffic accident with a suspected DUI driver who fled after the crash near Watsonville on Sunday night, according to the Patch. (map)
The bicycle-vehicle collision occurred at about 8:40 p.m. on Freedom Boulevard near Scurich Lane.
A preliminary investigation revealed a 2007 Chrysler driven by Violeta Cervantes hit the 34-year-old bicyclist, a Scotts Valley resident, whose name has not been released.
The front of Cervantes’ vehicle crashed into the rear of the bicycle. Violeta Cervantes fled the scene, however CHP officers eventually located the Chrysler driving west on Freedom Boulevard.
According to the CHP, Cervantes said she was distracted by her phone in the moments prior to the accident.
CHP investigators believe drugs and/or alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.
“It’s unfortunate that motorists continue to drive under the influence, endangering the lives of other drivers and innocent pedestrians. Prayers are with the family and friends of the victim during an incredibly difficult time,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law, a California personal injury law firm.
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