Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Driver Cited After Hitting Broadway Teen Bicyclist

Drivers need to be cautious when driving near residential or public areas as they should anticipate teens and children on their bicycles playing or going to school.
Unfortunately, a man, whose identity was not released, recently became one of those drivers who failed to recognize these dangers as he hit a 16-year-old riding his bike in Irvine Avenue.

According to reports, the boy was biking at Broadway when he was hit and injured by a Jeep Wrangler near the Eastside neighborhood. He was taken to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian with bumps and abrasions but he did not appear to have any serious injuries.

The driver was cited and released after cooperating with authorities and answered questions about the bicycle accident.

It wasn’t clear whether the Wrangler’s driver was speeding but residents of the neighborhood had been complaining about speeding motorists along Broadway as they endanger kids who are either walking or biking to school.

In fact, the federal government has given $1 million to the city’s transportation department so that traffic-calming measures will be added to Broadway. The city is currently designing the project that will narrow down Broadway so that drivers would have to slow down. The road project is expected to be finished in 2012.

Fortunately, the teen only sustained the injuries he had as it could have been a lot worse if the driver was going at a high speed and run the boy over.

Nonetheless, he should compensate the losses incurred by the teen by paying for the hospitalization and medication as well as other expenses that resulted from this accident.