LaGrange High School sophomore, 15-year-old Brandon James Truitt, was struck and killed while riding his bike Monday evening, December 2, 2013.
According to initial reports, Brandon Truitt was bike riding to a local convenience store with a friend just before 7:00pm Monday night. The two were returning home along Wares Cross Road when a truck hit Mr. Truitt. Tragically, the young man later succumbed to his injuries.
Brandon's family and the LaGrange High School community are now remembering his life as they mourn his passing. Brandon was a pitcher on the high school baseball team. Coaches and family recall Mr. Truitt as an athlete with great potential.
Police have not yet charged the truck driver, however, the tragedy comes as Georgia bicycle fatalities are on the rise. The U.S. Department of Transportation lists motorist mistakes and behaviors "most threatening to bicyclists' safety" as:
- Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Speeding through neighborhoods
- Not paying attention
- Overtaking bicycles in areas where it cannot be done safely
Had the driver in this incident taken such precautions, this tragedy may have been avoided. All too often victims of these fatal cycling accidents are being blamed for riding in the roadways, but cyclists have just as much right to our roads as motorists. Drivers must learn to share roads with cyclists and pedestrians, particularly youth.
Should the driver in this accident be found at fault, the family of Brandon Truitt may elect to hold the driver civilly liable for his wrongful death. Such a claim would certainly serve as a grave reminder to all Georgia drivers to share the road and take special precautions when driving near young cyclists and pedestrians. The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims and families of cycling accidents and we offer our legal expertise, if needed.
Our prayers are with the family of Brandon Truitt. If you are seeking further information on this accident, please contact us at 706-494-2800 or toll free at 888.842.1616.