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Cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Hillcrest, San Diego. What you need to know.

Cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Hillcrest, San Diego. The motorist has been identified – Abbas Karama Shariff, 30, has been arrested following the fatal crash on Tuesday, May 26.

The collision occurred around 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The motorist, Sharrif, drove a red Toyota Prius, which crashed into the cyclist on the 6600 block of University Ave.


“After the incident, the motorist pulled over, went out of his vehicle, and picked up the fatally injured bicyclist. Then he put him back down on the street and fled”- Sgt. Kevin Gibson stated.

The victim-cyclist was a man in his 40s. Medics rushed hm to the hospital but it was too late and he died. His identity has not been released- pending family notification.

Bicyclist accident fatalities are increasing annually. There are two main types of crashes: (most common) falls, and (most serious) collisions with vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Adminsitration has provided the following safety tips:

1. Bicyclist deaths occurred most often between 6 pm and 9 pm – regardless of the season

2. Bicyclist deaths are more common in urban areas compared to rural areas

3. Bicyclist deaths are 8x higher in male than female

4. Alcohol was involved in 37% of all fatal bicyclist crashes

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, “I got hit by a car while riding my bike. Can I sue? What you need to know:” those who have been injured while riding their bike from a collision with a motor vehicle, likely have legal rights and can pursue financial compensation. The circumstances all vary depending on whether or not the cyclist violated any vehicle codes in conjunction with the negligence of the motor vehicle driver.

REGARDLESS after a bike accident, the following steps must be taken:

1. Call the police and get a police report

2. Try to get a statement from the driver admitting fault – on your phone or in writing

3. Exchange information between the driver and the cyclist

4. Seek medical attention asap

5. Call an RC Legal Group, PC accident attorney asap

These steps seem like common sense and so simple. Yet, the victim who died on May 26 by motorist Abbas Karama Shariff paints a different picture. Sharriff could have saved this cyclist’s life if he stayed at the scene, called the police, and waited for the medics to arrive. Not only that, but Sharriff possibly could’ve deferred all payouts from his insurance company to cover all of the victim’s injuries and expenses.

Leaving an injured person at the scene is never the right thing to do. If you get into a bicyclist collision with a motor vehicle and are not sure what to do, call or text us and we will have attorneys on call waiting to reply asap!! 858-800-2458

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