SANTA CLARITA, California (May 27, 2016) — Roderick Bennett, 53, a beloved math teacher and band director who worked at Arroyo Seco Junior High School in Valencia, was killed Wednesday afternoon when his blue Eddy Merckx bicycle was struck by a hit-and-run driver, according to a report in The Signal.
Just hours later, however, the suspect driver surrendered police and has been arrested.
Lucas James Guidroz, 28, of Canyon Country turned himself in to authorities at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s station about 3:15 a.m. on Thursday morning and was booked on suspicion of felony hit and run after he allegedly struck Bennett from behind with his 2014 Lexus CT200h SUV.
The crash took place about 4:40 p.m. on Placerita Canyon Road near the Antelope Valley 14 Freeway. Bennett died of his injuries at the scene of the crash.
“I am deeply saddened whenever I hear that a bicyclist has been killed and the driver fails to stop and help the person,” said Attorney James Johnson. “It’s basic decency to help someone who is hurt. My condolences go out to the family of this man as they cope with such great loss.”
Bicyclists are supposed to have stronger protection under recent California laws that require drivers provide a 3-foot cushion or slow down to 15 mph when passing a rider, but unfortunately these types of crashes continue to take lives.
There is certainly no amount of money that can make up for the loss of a loved one, but a wrongful death lawsuit can help recover financial losses and take care of those who are dependent on them.
Johnson Attorneys Group has handled hundreds of these types of cases on behalf of clients here in California and there is never a fee unless a settlement or verdict is reached. Call us for a free consultation at 800-235-6801 for help.
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