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ORANGE: Genevieve Hall Struck by Vehicle While Riding Bicycle; Passes Away at UCI Medical Center- file photo

ORANGE: Genevieve Hall Struck by Vehicle While Riding Bicycle; Passes Away at UCI Medical Center- file photo

Genevieve Hall Passes Away From Injuries Sustained in Bicycle Accident

ORANGE, CALIFORNIA (April 6, 2014) – Genevieve Hall, a 34-year-old woman from Huntington Beach resident, was struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle Sunday at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Beach Boulevard and Utica Avenue, according to a press release by the Orange County Coroner.

Paramedics rushed to the scene to extricate Hall to a nearby medical center. The 34-year-old was taken to University of California Irvine Medical Center and was pronounced dead at approximately 10:00 p.m.

The Huntington Beach Police Department will further investigate the events that took place and determine liability.

“My heart goes out to the family of the victim lost in this tragic accident, and I hope they find peace in this very difficult time,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, an Orange County bicycle accident and wrongful death lawyer.

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Huntington Beach Police Arrest DUI Driver- file photo

Huntington Beach Police Arrest DUI Driver- file photo

Orange County Bicycle Accident Attorney Discusses DUI Driver’s Arrest

  • Bicyclist Killed in DUI, Hit-and-run Crash in Huntington Beach California

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Feb. 21, 2014) – Bicyclist Matthew Liechty, 37, was killed by a suspected DUI, hit-and-run driver late Wednesday night in a crash at the intersection of Edwards Avenue and Ellis Street, according to a report by the Huntington Beach Police Department.

About 11 p.m. on Feb. 19, police say the driver of a 2012 Toyota Camry was heading southbound in the same direction as the cyclist when the rider was struck in the bike lane.

The driver, Antonio Magdaleno Jr., 29, of Oxnard was subsequently arrested by police after they first found his front tire near the scene of the crash and then the rest of the vehicle further away. The vehicle showed damage believed to be consistent with hitting a bicyclist.

Magdaleno, who was not injured in the crash, is being held on charges of DUI and felony hit-and-run causing death.

Liechty is a former employee of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the OC Register reported.

Witnesses are  asked to contact Huntington Beach Police Investigator Tai Huynh at 714-536-5670 or Robert Barr at 714-536-5666.

“The family of this man may find justice in both criminal and civil court, but nothing will ever replace him,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “Our prayers go out to them as they try to piece together what happened and come to terms with his sudden loss.”

Orange County Bicycle Accident Law Firm

Bicyclists are especially vulnerable on our roadways, but more so in Huntington Beach where they are often victims of drunken drivers. Motorists often veer into bike lanes or cut bicyclists off causing serious injuries or even death.

For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients injured in serious bicycle accidents. Our legal team has also handled hundreds of wrongful death claims for families of victims killed in these accidents. Indeed, the bicycle accident law firm has a proven track record supported by settlements ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.

There is no cost to clients until our experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals have won your case. Finding the best bicycle accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.

Call us today at 1-877-557-4239 to speak with our bicycle accident law firm.

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Hit-and-run Driver Who Killed Joseph Robinson, 21, Has Not Been Formally Charged with a Crime-- file photo

Hit-and-run Driver Who Killed Joseph Robinson, 21, Has Not Been Formally Charged with a Crime– file photo

Tustin Teen Held in Central Women’s Jail May be Released Today if Charges are not Filed

ORANGE, California (Feb. 5, 2014) — Sommer Nicole Gonzales, 18, of Tustin, a suspected hit-and-run, DUI driver being held at Central Women’s Jail for the death of a 21-year-old bicyclist, could be released from custody today if charges are not filed against her immediately, according to City News Service.

Under California Penal Code section 825, suspects may be detained in jail for up to two court days or up to 48 hours excluding weekends and holidays. The 5-foot 4-inch teenager, who is currently being held without bail, is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 6, 2014 at the Lamoreaux Justice Center at 341 The City Drive South in Orange.

The CHP is being asked by Orange County prosecutors to further investigate the fatal accident to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to charge Gonzales on charges of hit-and-run

Police arrested the Tustin teen about 8:45 a.m. Sunday just over an hour after the fatal bicycle accident in Orange at 7 a.m. They tracked down her 2001 Toyota in a Rancho Santa Margarita parking lot and found her in the process of unloading her belongings from the vehicle and putting them into a friend’s car. Her blood was tested and it is believed she is under the influence of drugs at the time of the fatal wreck, but results will take a few weeks to confirm police suspicions.

Gonzales allegedly struck and killed bicyclist Joseph Robinson on Santiago Canyon Road in the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 2. She reportedly fled the scene of the crash and left bicyclist Joseph Robinson, 21, to die in the bushes on the side of the road.

Her car was spotted with a smashed in windshield by Orange County Fire Authority Battalion Chief Marc Stone who was driving in the vicinity of the accident that morning. His first thoughts were the vehicle had struck an animal, but he saw a shoe in the road and pulled over to investigate, but instead found Robinson and his bicycle in the bushes.

Officer Stone reported a description of Gonzales’ vehicle and police eventually caught up with her in the process of removing her personal items from the car. The field sobriety test was performed on her and she was arrested.

So what type of sentence will Gonzales face if she is convicted of hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated? Every case has a different set of facts and circumstances including the defendant’s driving history, previous convictions and criminal history.

Take for example a recent case involving a fatal bicycle accident in Pacoima. About 2 a.m., on Oct. 2, 2010, driver Shawn Fields struck and killed a 17-year old Kennedy High School student named Danny Marin on Laurel Canyon Blvd while he was under the influence of alcohol. He fled the scene of the crash just as Gonzales did in the Orange County case. He was sentenced to 7 years in prison for his actions.

On the other hand, a repeated drunk driver Andrew Thomas Gallo, 23, of San Gabriel was sentenced to 51 years to life in prison on three felony counts of murder, DUI and other felonies for a crash that killed Los Angeles Angel pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others. Gallo was on probation for a previous DUI conviction at the time he ran the red traffic light and crashed into the car with three people in it.

“Unfortunately, first-time drunk drivers are treated differently in court than those who have been previously convicted, but in cases where a driver also flees the scene of the fatal crash there is likely to be a stiffer punishment handed down,” said Attorney West Seegmiller.

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BUENA PARK, California — Jeremy Kidder, 20, of Buena Park, was identified as the bicyclist who was struck and killed by a gray Chevy SUV near the crosswalk at the La Palma and Knott avenues, according to a press release issued by the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department.

About 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, Kidder was critically injured and transported to UCI Medical Center in Orange where he later died of his injuries sustained in the bicycle accident, the report said.

Additionally, the crash also injured the 41-year-old driver who was taken to West Anaheim Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries due to the collision.

There were several witnesses to the bicycle crash, but their recollections of what happened conflict, the Orange County Register reported. The Buena Park Police Department is investigating the bicycle accident are trying to determine whether the bicyclist or the driver were at fault for the crash. Witnesses are asked to call the Buena Park Police Department’s traffic officers at 714-562-3940.

“Police will need to take measurements, examine evidence such as the vehicles involved in the crash and interview witnesses in an effort to determine fault in this case,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “The family of this young man may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit if it is determined the driver was at fault.”

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SUNSET BEACH, California – Bicyclist Kenneth Prevatte, 52, of Long Beach was killed Saturday night after a suspected drunk driver struck his bicycle as he drove northbound on Pacific Coast Highway near 8th Street, according to a press release issued by the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department and news reports of the crash.

According to the report, Prevatte died of his injuries at the scene of the 4:19 p.m. crash.

Huntington Beach Police Department officers suspected the driver 58-year-old Becki James of Huntington Beach was under the influence of alcohol or drugs and subsequently arrested her at the scene of the fatal Sunset Beach bicycle crash.

According to Bikinginla.com, a website devoted to bicycle enthusiasts that tracks accidents, legal issues and bicycle news in Southern California, the Sunset Beach crash became the 13th bicycle fatality reported this month in Southern California. It is also 6th fatal bike crash involving a suspected drunk driver and the 42nd fatal bike crash in Southern California. The fatal bike crash also becomes the 7th for Orange County this year.

National Bicycle Accident Statistics

According to the  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • In 2009 the average age of bicyclists killed in crashes with motor vehicles was 41 years, up from 32 years in 1998, and 24 in 1988.
  • 87 percent of those killed were male.
  • 64 percent of those killed were between the ages of 25 and 64.
  • 13 percent of those killed in 2008 were under age 16, down from 30 percent of those killed in 1998.
  • The average age of bicyclists injured in crashes with motor vehicles was 31 years, up from 24 years in 1998.
  • 80 percent of those injured were male.
  • 51 percent of those injured were between the ages of 25 and 64.
  • 20 percent of those injured were under age 16.

The Huntington Beach Police Department is investigating the Sunset Beach bicycle accident. Witnesses are asked to contact them at 714-536-5670.