Injuries Reported in Panorama City Bicycle Accident on Van Nuys Boulevard and Tupper Street
PANORAMA CITY, CA (July 7, 2022) – Wednesday morning, authorities arrested Ottoniel Mendoza after a bicycle crash on Van Nuys Boulevard.
The incident occurred at around 8:00 a.m. on Van Nuys Boulevard and Tupper Street.
According to reports, 38-year-old Ottoniel Mendoza struck the 13-year-old male bicyclist with his 2019 gray Toyota Tundra. Then, Mendoza went out of the car, showed the victim a badge, and said that he was a police officer. Afterward, he asked the victim to get into his truck.
Then, a witness followed the suspect’s truck and reported the incident to the police.
When the officers arrived, they found Mendoza’s vehicle on Sepulveda Boulevard and Tupper Street.
Then, they found Mendoza and another man inside the truck with the victim at the time. Eventually, they transported the boy to a hospital for his injuries.
Meanwhile, authorities detained the suspect and the other man. Then, they later released the second man and booked Mendoza on suspicion of kidnapping.
Furthermore, they urged anyone with information about the suspect to contact Detective Bryce Kirk at 818-838-0910.
What’s Next after Bicycle Crash Involving Ottoniel Mendoza
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 Van Nuys Boulevard, 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 lawyers at 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.