Motorcycle Rider Killed in Hit-and-run Crash Winnetka
WINNETKA, California (August 2, 2017) — Matthew Wiedmann, 28, has been identified as the motorcyclist killed in a hit-and-run crash with a motorist in a dark-colored BMW sedan Tuesday night on Sherman Way, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The fatal crash took place about 8:30 p.m. at Oakdale Avenue, leaving the rider in critical condition. Witnesses told police the suspect driver stopped momentarily, but then left without helping the injured victim. Paramedics responded and he was quickly rushed to a hospital where he underwent surgery. Sadly the victim died during surgery.
Two other motorists collided in a chain-reaction crash after the bike was struck by the BMW. It’s unknown if anyone in those vehicles were hurt.
Police are searching for the suspect, believed to be a man in his 20s or 30s of Armenian or Hispanic decent. There are few details about the vehicle other than it may be black with tinted windows and dark rims, but it will likely have major damage consistent with hitting a motorcycle.
Reward for Hit-and-run Motorcycle Accident Information
In recent years, a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest of a hit-and-run driver has been offered by the city of Los Angeles. The reward was the answer to a growing problem involving hit-and-run crashes, particularly ones involving injuries and deaths.
The family of a loved one who has died in a hit-and-run collision faces not only the trauma of losing a loved one, but of knowing that the culprit got away. To find justice for the victim it’s important that others in the community help by providing any clues about what happened to police. Once a suspect has been found there may be both a criminal trial as well as a civil lawsuit that may be filed against the motorist. If the suspect is not found, the family may still have a civil lawsuit to provide compensation for their losses under certain circumstances.
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