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Dark Spots on State Road 37 Pose Dangers

Steve Wagner

Twenty-six year old Elias Rios Bonilla became the third person in a year killed by a vehicle while biking or walking on parts of State Road 37 in the Fishers area. Bonilla was riding his bicycle east on 126th Street late on Tuesday night when the accident occurred.

Police believe Bonilla was attempting to cross State Road 37 when a Chevy Tahoe struck him. The driver of the Tahoe was already out of the vehicle and attempting to wave down assistance when another vehicle approached, heading south on SR 37. Unfortunately, the driver of the second car saw the Tahoe in the ditch but did not see Bonilla in the roadway until it was too late. Bonilla was pronounced dead at the scene.

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to have played a role, but there is a history in this area of other nighttime car accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians. It hasn’t even been two months since a pedestrian was killed in a car accident while crossing SR 37 at 131st Street. Two vehicles hit the victim during early morning hours before the sun was up, similar to the death of Elias Rios Bonilla. Just under a year ago, another pedestrian was killed late at night at the intersection of SR 37 and 135th Street.

Cities, Counties, and States Can Be Held Liable for Unsafe Conditions

We have written before about the steps bicyclists and pedestrians can take to be safe while traveling at night. Unfortunately, there are some instances where the planning, design, and maintenance of the roadway play a significant role in an accident. If the road is constructed in a way that creates poor visibility due to obstacles or a lack of lighting, the governmental or private entity responsible for that roadway may share fault for an accident resulting in property loss, bodily injury, or death.

While filing a claim against a governmental entity is well within the rights of an accident victim, such cases can be tricky. Winning the compensation that is deserved, whether for injury or a wrongful death, requires an experienced legal team. Wagner Reese has decades of experience and success fighting for the rights of victims. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in an accident, call us today for a no-cost, risk-free consultation: (888) 204-8440.

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