Juvenile Injured in Santa Barbara Bicycle Accident on Oceano Avenue and Del Sol Avenue
SANTA BARBARA, CA (August 5, 2021) – Monday afternoon, authorities arrested Jessica Mendoza after a hit-and-run crash on Oceano Avenue.
The bicycle accident happened at about 1:00 p.m. on Oceano Avenue and Del Sol Avenue.
According to reports, a vehicle hit a juvenile riding a bicycle. Then, the driver fled the crash scene.
Three other juvenile bicyclists rode with the victim and saw the crash. Also, the vehicle left vehicle parts at the collision scene before fleeing.
Traffic Officers came to the scene and obtained a detailed description of the suspect vehicle and license plate. As one of the Traffic Officers responded, they found the suspect’s vehicle. According to them, the vehicle matched the description and reported plate.
Thus, the Officer stopped the vehicle and contacted the suspect driver on West Montecito Street and Castillo Street.
Moreover, the authorities identified the suspect 34-year-old Jessica Mendoza of Santa Barbara.
Meanwhile, the investigation confirmed that Mendoza took part in the crash. Also, she didn’t stay at the scene nor provide any exchange of information or helped the victim.
Thus, the authorities arrested Mendoza and booked her in the Santa Barbara County Jail. Her charges include Hit and Run with Injury (felony), Driving on a Suspended License (misdemeanor), Driving without an Alcohol Interlock Device (misdemeanor), and No Proof on Insurance (infraction).
Also, her vehicle was impounded and the bail was set to $50,000.
Meanwhile, the bicyclist didn’t suffer serious injuries.
What’s Next after Bicycle Crash in Santa Barbara
According to NHTSA, pedestrian and bicyclist accidents continue to rise in the United States. More pedestrians and cyclists died in 2018 than in any year since 1990.
To avoid any involvement in incidents similar to the crash on Oceano Avenue and Del Sol Avenue, be a proactive driver. Driving defensively prepares you for emergencies.
It is also crucial that everyone remain calm to properly handle the immediate aftermath of an automobile collision. Moreover, the most valuable step you can take in response to a vehicle crash is hiring a personal injury attorney.
“A common misconception is that personal injury lawyers don’t care. That is simply not true. Injury lawyers care about and want justice for their clients. We are motivated by the desire to make our clients whole again,” says Steve Baric of Sweet Lawyers, a practicing attorney.
If you or a family member suffered similarly in a bicycle accident, contact the personal injury lawyersat Sweet Lawyers. With us, you can be assured your case will be taken care of. Our 40 years of experience in the legal field is proof that we know what it takes to win your case. Moreover, our attorneys and experienced professional legal team deal with cases including bicycle accidents. Above all, we believe you deserve the best legal representation and proper compensation for your pain and suffering. Call our offices at (800) 674 7852 for a free consultation.