13-Year-Old Hit and Killed While Riding Bike on Long Island
A 13-year-old boy was killed in an accident in Levittown the evening of Sunday, June 30, when he was hit by a vehicle while riding his bike.
Police said the boy was riding in front of a shopping center on Hempstead Turnpike when he was struck by a 1998 Toyota Camry. The driver was reportedly a 19-year-old man who remained at the scene and called police. The boy was transported to a local hospital with multiple injuries. He was later pronounced dead.
Police continued to investigate the incident and had not announced any charges.
Drivers must maintain awareness of their surroundings
It can be difficult for some drivers to notice bicyclists, pedestrians or motorcycles, which are obviously smaller and move in different patterns than a typical automobile. Still, the expectation is that drivers must always be aware of their surroundings and proceed with caution to avoid hitting anyone who shares the road with them, whether it’s another vehicle, a cyclist or a person attempting to cross the street on foot.
Additionally, bicyclists and motorists alike must remember that they have equal rights and responsibilities on the road. Just as drivers must watch for cyclists and give them space, bike riders must remember that they are responsible for adhering to all the same rules of the road, including stopping at stop signs and stop lights and yielding the right-of-way as appropriate.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a bike accident, reach out to the experienced personal injury attorneys at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP.