The Newnan Police Department has in custody the driver involved in a hit-and-run accident in the city. Police Chief Brent Blankenship announced the arrest on Thursday, December 16th. The Newnan auto-bicycle accident claimed the life of a bicyclist who remains unidentified.
Chief Blankenship said in a release on Facebook that the bicyclist died at the accident scene. According to the police chief, at about 6:48 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15th, officers responded to a report of a bicycle on the road and a person possibly down on Sewell Road. The preliminary inquiry determined that a vehicle struck the bicyclist, and the driver fled the scene.
The police then asked for the public’s help locating the hit-and-run driver. Unfortunately, the identity of the driver is unknown at this time. The NPD Traffic Unit and CID helped with the investigation that led to the driver’s arrest. The investigation into the Newnan auto-bicycle accident remains active.
Auto-bicycle accidents often end fatally for the bicycle rider because they have no protection when their body hits the ground. As a result of the latter, those who survive suffer life-altering injuries, and many never return to the life they knew before the accident. Examples of these wounds are spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, etc.
Thankfully, Georgia law allows injury victims to get financial compensation from the driver who struck them. The compensation covers medical treatment, lost income, physical pain and suffering, etc. The legal beneficiaries of the person who dies can file a wrongful death claim. They will also get the same benefits and funeral and burial expenses.
So, do you have a loved one who died in a traffic accident caused by another person? Contact our Georgia car accident lawyers at Bethune Law Firm today. We offer free initial consultations.