Victim ID’d in Fatal Bicycle Crash Involving City Employee
22-year-old Ayompio Lawal has been identified as the cyclist who was killed in Long Beach on Saturday.
The accident involved a city employee who was driving a pickup truck around 7:42 a.m. in the Washington neighborhood.
According to reports, Lawal failed to yield at the stop sign at the intersection of 17th Street and Oregon Avenue.
Sadly, paramedics declared the rider dead at the scene. The cause of death was a traumatic head injury, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner.
The involved driver also stayed at the scene and was fully cooperative with authorities.
JT Legal Group sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ayompio Lawal.
Similar to motorcyclists, bicyclists are just as vulnerable on the roads. According to the NHTSA, 30% of bicycle accident injuries occur when hit by a vehicle. In addition, these injuries are often the result of the driver not paying attention.
Another issue that factors into bicycle and vehicle accidents is the fact that both parties are not fully aware of their rights/responsibilities on the road. Who has the right of way? Drivers are also not always knowledgeable of when to yield. When a driver fails to yield, more of these accidents are likely to occur.
Because of the various dangers bicyclists face on the road, it is important that they possess all protection equipment.
If you or a loved one need legal help following an accident, contact JT Legal Group at (888) 529-3111.