Unfortunately for many accident victims, closure never comes. Thousands of hit-and-run bicycle accidents occur every year throughout the state of New York and around the country, and suspects too often fail to ever turn themselves in to authorities or offer any information about how or why the accident happened. While it does little to change the tragic events of Christmas Day for one family, one woman’s confession offers insight into the events that led to the death of a young man.
The 22-year-old man that died in the late evening of Christmas Day was riding his bicycle alongside his girlfriend when he was reportedly struck from behind by a vehicle. The force of the impact allegedly threw the man more than 100 feet, but the vehicle never stopped. Sadly, the bicycle rider succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the accident.
After gathering evidence from the accident site, investigators were reportedly able to identify the model of the vehicle involved in the fatal collision as a Mazda Protégé. An attorney allegedly contacted by a 21-year-old woman now identified as the motorist involved in the crash spoke with authorities the following day, after which point law enforcement interviewed the suspect.
It was ultimately determined that the investigators were correct about the model of the vehicle in the hit-and-run accident, and the young woman admitted to fleeing the scene out of fear. She now faces felony charges relating to death in bicycle accidents, since she turned herself in to authorities.
It is not stated whether or not alcohol may have been a factor in the incident, but the suspect did say she wasn’t looking at the road when she struck the bicycle.
Source: ktre.com, “Driver involved in the fatal Lufkin hit-and-run accident surrenders to authorities,” Gary Bass, Dec. 31, 2013