A 47-year-old Athens resident was struck and seriously injured Monday by a teen driver, allegedly under the influence of alcohol. Now, as he focuses on recovery, the Athens cycling community is rallying in support of justice and change.
According to initial reports, a 47-year-old resident of Jolly Lane, was cycling along South Lumpkin Street near Gran Ellen drive around 7:00am Monday morning when a car drove off the roadway, over a curb and into the cyclist. The driver, 17-year-old Jace McCloskey, fled the scene. Police captured Mr. McCloskey 3 miles away, still driving on a tire flattened during the accident. He has been charged with DUI, leaving the scene of a serious-injury accident, reckless driving, and improper driving.
The cyclist was rushed to the hospital and is being treated for a spinal fracture. As he and his family focus on recovery, the cycling community has been shaken by the news of yet another serious cycling accident.
The latest in a recent surge of pedestrian and cyclist accidents to plague Georgia, the Athens community is calling for safety measures to protect pedestrians and cyclists. The incident also highlights the need to teach teens about the fatal risks of driving under the influence. ACC Police have attributed 13 deaths and many more injuries to alcohol related motor vehicle accidents in the last two years.
As the young driver in this incident appears to be criminally at fault, the victim and his family may elect to hold the driver civilly liable for all injuries sustained in the crash. Such a claim would send a grave message to all Georgia teen drivers about the perils of drinking and driving and assist the Georgia cycling community in their efforts to create safer streets for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers alike. It is crucial the victim and his family retain a personal injury law firm without delay to ensure that all evidence relating to the accident is properly preserved and that their best interests are protected. The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of cycling accidents, such as this, and we offer our legal expertise, if needed.
We pray for the swift recovery of the cyclist in this terrible accident and ask all drivers to please share our roads and avoid distractions while driving.
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