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Man Killed in Drunken Hit and Run

Jason Reese

On Saturday evening, a man from Indianapolis was riding his bicycle near downtown when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a man who was intoxicated. Nielson, 60, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver did not stop but was pursued and caught by police a short time after the crash. Joshua Stephens, 24, was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and failure to stop at an accident resulting in death. The accident happened around 7 p.m. on South East Street.

Cyclists Are Especially Vulnerable

Regardless of whether or not they wear helmets and undertake safety precautions, bicyclists are never on an even playing field with motor vehicles. Cyclists are physically vulnerable to accidents because of their exposure and the lack of protective framing provided to drivers and passengers in cars and trucks.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 2% of traffic fatalities are bicyclists killed in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes. This weekend’s accident combined a deadly set of circumstances: a vehicle driver who disregarded the lives of others by getting behind the wheel while intoxicated and who did not heed the legal requirement (not to mention moral imperative) to stop after hitting another person with his car. In addition, the accident occurred during the time frame when a majority of weekend bicycle accidents occur—between 6:00 p.m. and 8:59 p.m. During the week, bike accidents are more likely to occur during rush hour, as people are cycling and driving home from work. These danger hours hold especially true during summer hours, when weather is nice, and people are more inclined to be outside enjoying a ride on their bikes.

More adults are biking than ever before. This has raised the incidence of bicycle accidents for adults at every stage of life. Wagner Reese has helped families by representing victims of bicycle accidents and taking care of the legal aspects that improve the life of the injured or a family unfortunately left behind. If you were injured by a distracted, intoxicated, or reckless driver while riding your bicycle, call us today for a completely risk-free, no-cost consultation: (888) 204-8440.

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