SAN DIEGO, California (May 12, 2017) — A 44-year-old man riding a bicycle suffered serious injuries Thursday morning when he was struck by a suspected drunk driver who fled the scene of the crash in the 6500 block of La Jolla Colony Drive, according to the San Diego Police Department.
The crash took place about 6:24 a.m. yesterday at Porte La Paz in the University City neighborhood. The bicyclist was struck from behind by a 2008 Honda Accord driven by suspect Heejoon Lee. Police say Lee fled the scene and crashed into some nearby bushes. He was arrested without incident and police charged him with felony DUI and hit and run.
Paramedics responded and transported the injured man by ambulance to a local hospital where he was treated for a fractured pelvis, fractured ribs and a spinal fracture, the report said.
2013 CHP Pedestrian Accident Statistics
More than a third of all fatalities and 13 percent of all injury accidents in San Diego were DUI collisions. Eight of the 193 fatalities in 2013 and 951 of the 12,871 injured that year were bicyclists, according to the latest available statistics provided by the California Highway Patrol.
Statistics also show that the majority of all hit-and-run collisions involved a pedestrian.
Hit-and-run, DUI Crimes and Legal Rights
It’s difficult to imagine the frustration and anger a person has after being hurt by a drunken driver in a hit-and-run crash. There will be a battle ahead as they undergo medical treatments, physical therapy and healing, but also anger as they try to cope with the fact that someone committed this preventable crime.
Many drunken drivers will attempt to flee a collision, but thankfully they may eventually be caught by police. When they are arrested they will face criminal charges, but they can also face civil charges in a personal injury lawsuit. Johnson Attorneys Group can help. Call us for a free consultation to learn your rights at 800-235-6801. While no amount of penalties will ever make up for what was done to you, but we can help make sure that justice is served.
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