Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bicyclist seriously injured on Highway 9

Highway 9 in Saratoga has been a common site for road accidents. Several fatal incidents had transpired in this major thoroughfare involving motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and joggers.

Ashleigh Jackson, a recent victim of a hit and run on Highway 9, was on her regular riding routine when she was struck and left motionless by a BMV driver.

Jackson and her boyfriend Nelson entered Highway 9 off Bohlman Road and were headed home when the incident happened. The driver momentarily stopped then sped off.

Nelson was unharmed while Jackson was brought to Valley Medical Center for brain trauma treatment. Jackson’s family offered an $11,000 reward for any information on the driver’s identity.

The authorities call on every one to be extra cautious and vigilant when using Highway 9. Despite efforts by local cities and state and county agencies to improve its safety conditions, this major thoroughfare remained an accident prone area. In fact, bicycle lanes from Big Basin Way to Los Gatos Boulevard had been installed in this 4.4-mile stretch highway.

Hit and run victims and their loved ones are powerless to prosecute offenders without any information on their identity. The public’s participation is vital in every hit and run cases. No matter how good the bicycle accident attorney engaged by the victim, the case would still crumble if the assailant’s whereabouts are unknown.