Bicyclist Struck and Killed by Vehicle

Jerry Torres Killed on Bicycle

Jerry Eugene Torres, 53, has been ID’d as the bicyclist who died Saturday night in Escondido, CA. 

Torres was reportedly hit by a vehicle just after 9:00 p.m. on August 21st. The fatal accident took place on Ronald Packard Parkway near Centre City Parkway. 

According to CHP, Torres was cycling westbound on the freeway when he tried to cross over to the right shoulder from the center divider. 

While it is unknown what caused it, a white Volvo sedan traveling between 55 & 60 MPH struck Torres. 

The driver of the sedan has not been ID’d, however they were fully cooperative with police.

Torres was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene. 

All eastbound lanes were also shut down for a period of time following the crash. 

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. 

Other things that factor into these accidents are road conditions and driving at night. Majority of bicycle and vehicle accidents are likely to happen when it is dark outside. 

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.

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