Bicyclists Killed in Chatsworth

Nelson Rodriguez Arrested After Hitting & Killing Two Bicyclists 

Two bicyclists, ID’d as Matthew Zink, 58, and Ana Hernandez, 37, were hit and killed on Tuesday evening. 

The incident took place on January 4th at 7:10 p.m. on Plummer Street in the city of Chatsworth.

Per reports, Nelson Rodriguez, 58, was driving west in a Toyota Tacoma prior to hitting the two.

It was also reported that Rodriguez fled the scene, only to crash into multiple vehicles and property within the area. 

After slamming into a wall, the Toyota came to a stop and both Zink and Hernandez sadly died at the scene. 

Additionally, Rodriguez was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for treatment. 

Investigators are working to determine what may have factored into this tragic accident. 

JT Legal Group sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ana Hernandez and Matthew Zink.

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.

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