Riding a bicycle is a common form of exercise as well as transportation for many people in California. With the summer heat, it is not unusual for people to choose to ride their bikes either early in the morning or in the evening to avoid being out in the hottest part of the day. Sadly for one man, a recent bike ride on a weekday evening ended up being his last ever after a tragic accident.
Reports do not provide many details but what is known is that the man was on his bicycle when he was stuck by a driver who is said to have been intoxicated. The bicyclist died though it is unclear if he died at the scene of the accident or was first taken to a hospital and later died. The at-fault driver was placed under criminal arrest. Authorities have not indicated if the suspected intoxicated driver was believed to be under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both.
The man who was killed was a long-time member of law enforcement and had worked at the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office prior to taking a position as a sergeant at the Modesto Police Department. He had been at the Modesto Police Department for five years. The man was not on duty when he was hit and killed.
Family members of those who are killed by drunk or drugged drivers might want to reach out to an attorney to understand their compensation options.
Source: Bakersfield Now, “Modesto off-duty police sergeant hit, killed by drunk driver,” August 23, 2017