A 21-year-old Houston woman was struck and killed while riding her bicycle just before 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 7. The young woman had reportedly been riding in the outermost lane near near 6800 East Sam Houston Parkway when her bike was struck in the rear by a motorist.
Instead of stopping to render assistance to the woman, the motorist who is alleged to have struck her, simply drove off. Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department relied upon witness statements and surveillance footage as a way of identifying the person believed to be responsible for the crash. Aside from charging that individual with hit-and-run, it’s unclear what other charges that individual may face.
This crash is unfortunately yet another in a long list of fatal bicycle accidents that have occurred in the Houston area in recent months. Another bicyclist died after a car collided with it in Channelview just a few weeks ago.
Up until recent years, there were reportedly only approximately a half dozen bike deaths during both 2014 and 2015. In Texas as a whole, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that at least 50 bicyclists lost their lives in 2015.
Some observers note that bicyclists are at a higher risk for injury or death on Houston’s roadways because they’re so heavily congested. Others suggest that bicycle crash rates could be significantly reduced if the city would better enforce its three-foot rule. This is the distance a motorist is expected to keep between it and bicyclists at all times.
If a motorist is traveling at a high rate of speed, is distracted or impaired by alcohol or drug, then the likelihood that the person they strike will survive goes down considerably. If your loved one has been killed in a bicycle accident, then a Houston car accident attorney can advise you of your right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in your case.
Source: Houston Chronicle, “Cyclist killed in hit-and-run accident,” Brooke Lewis, Oct. 10, 2017