Injuries Reported in Santa Barbara Hit-and-Run Crash on Anacapa Street
SANTA BARBARA, CA (August 9, 2021) – Saturday night, authorities arrestedMiguel Gonzalez after a bicycle accident on Anacapa Street.
The injury hit-and-run crash occurred at around 6:00 p.m. According to reports, it happened near Anacapa Street and Ortega Street intersection.
“Officers learned a maroon pickup truck was traveling south in the 600 block of Anacapa Street when the driver rear-ended a 14-year-old juvenile bicyclist who was also going south on Anacapa Street,” Sgt. Ethan Ragsdale said.
Ragsdale confirmed that the 14-year-old rider was ejected from the bicycle. Then, the rider rolled under the truck and was dragged around 20 feet.
Officers confirmed that the 23-year-old pickup driver, Miguel Angel Gonzalez, didn’t stop and continued driving.
Thus, several witnesses chased him and provided the police a vehicle description and license plate number.
Ragsdale confirmed that officers found the suspect vehicle parked near Alisos and East De la Guerra streets on the Lower Eastside. The vehicle had fresh damage on the front bumper consistent with a bicycle crash.
They found Gonzalez asleep in the garage of an East Ortega Street residence. Also, he showed signs of alcohol intoxication.
Thus, the authorities conducted field sobriety tests which confirmed that Gonzalez was under the influence.
The authorities booked Gonzalez into Santa Barbara County Jail. He’s been charged on suspicion of felony hit and run with injury and driving under the influence causing injury.
By Sunday afternoon, he stayed in custody with bail set at $100,000.
On the other hand, the bicyclist was taken by American Medical Response ambulance to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital with moderate 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 Anacapa Street, 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. Thus, call our offices at (800) 674 7852 for a free consultation.