Over the years we have seen an increasing number of pedestrian and bicycle accidents on our streets and roadways around the Bay Area. One of the best things about living and working in our beautiful region, is that commuters have so many choices when it comes to how they get to work. Recently, an El Cerrito woman was killed when she was riding in a bicycle lane in West Oakland. She was hit by a truck while she rode. The cyclist was a regular commuter on the ferry from across the bay to her employment as a scientist in South San Francisco. Friends report that she was committed to her own safety and was very careful about making sure she had on reflective or other type gear that drivers can see. Despite all her efforts to be safe on the road, she lost her life riding her bicycle.
The driver that allegedly struck her while she traveled in the bicycle lane, has been cooperating with authorities on this bicycle accident. This is important to emphasize, as these days we have seen a major rise in hit and run accidents involving all sorts of vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. The rise in hit and run accidents has been so startling that it is beginning to make national news. Unfortunately, the fact that a driver actually obeys California law and stops after an accident is becoming notable. California Motor Vehicle Code section 20001 makes it mandatory for drivers to stop at the scene of a crash when there is injury involved.