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Bicycle accident claims life of Austin teen

Over the past month, three children in the Austin area have perished due to auto-pedestrian accidents. These three accidents have caused local groups to take notice and to propose changes in the city's pedestrian infrastructure. After the most recent bicycle accident, a prominent bicycling organization has made a direct plea to government and city planning officials in order to hopefully affect change in the number of bicycle and pedestrian deaths throughout the city.

According to police, an SUV was traveling on a local street heading eastbound at approximately 10:13 p.m. As the driver approached an intersection with flashing yellow lights, he apparently did not see two youths pushing their bikes across the crosswalk. The SUV then hit one of the teenagers.

The county EMS team responded to a 911 call, which was made by the driver. The driver stayed on the scene and cooperated with police. Intoxication is not suspected in the crash. The 14-year-old boy who was hit was transported to a local medical center, where he tragically passed away a short time later.

Though it is uncertain if criminal charges will be filed against the driver in this case, the surviving family members may find benefit in consulting a personal injury attorney to discuss a possible civil lawsuit. Those in Austin who face a similar bicycle accident death could find themselves faced with many unexpected expenses, such as medical bills, funeral costs and other financial matters. An attorney experienced in wrongful death and personal injury litigation could be the best resource in these affairs and could assist in guiding family members through this difficult time.

Source: kxan.com, "Teen hit, killed by car in northwest Austin", Andy Jechow and Leslie Rangel, June 8, 2016

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