Cyclist Struck by Ambulance in Portsmouth
A cyclist has died after being struck by an ambulance in Portsmouth. The incident occurred shortly after 10:30 PM on the evening of June 19, 2018. Police say they received word about a private ambulance crashing into the cyclist near the base of the Churchland Bridge, near the intersection of High Street and Shenandoah Street. Though citizens on the scene performed life-saving maneuvers on the injured cyclist, he was unresponsive. The man was taken to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. No word has been given yet as to whether anyone involved will face charges.
The Investigation Continues
Portsmouth police say they will continue to work to understand exactly why this incident occurred. The late hour undoubtedly played a role. When cyclists ride at night, they are often more difficult for motorists to spot. Chances are good, the driver of the ambulance did not see the cyclist until it was too late to avoid a collision. It is not clear whether or not the ambulance was en route to pick up a patient or if they were delivering someone to the hospital. Regardless, the ambulance driver could face charges if they were found to be negligent at the time of the collision.
Justice for Cyclists
Accidents like this leave more questions than answers. The victim’s family is likely questioning their loss and how something so shocking could have happened so suddenly. In many cases, families who have lost a loved one in a cycling accident like this one may be entitled to compensation. Consulting with a Virginia bicycle accident lawyer can help them understand their legal options.
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