Last week, Melinda Woodall was indicted on numerous charges including aggravated vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident after she struck and killed Michael Prater who was riding his bike on US 52.
An alarming trend is happening in Cleveland, Ohio, between motorists and bicyclists. A bike advocacy group called Bike Cleveland has reported that there were eight car versus bicycle collisions in June. The extent of the injuries to the bicyclists ranged from relatively minor to brain trauma and debilitating bone fractures. This recent spate of injuries comes on the heels of a fatal May accident wherein a 36-year-old mother of five kids perished.
Following an accident, there are a number of things that drivers, by law, are expected to do. First among these is to stop and notify authorities. This is something that every driver knows, yet sometimes, in the fear and the panic of a car accident, drivers sometimes attempt to flee the scene. Hit-and-run accidents are not only highly illegal, they are extremely dangerous to the victims, who may have suffered serious injuries and may be unable to call for help.