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61-year-old bicyclist fatally wounded in car crash

A 20-year-old Wisconsin man is reportedly under investigation for a felony hit and run, which fatally wounded a 61-year-old man on a bicycle. According to investigators, the 20-year-old driver was on the phone with his girlfriend en route to picking her up when the crash occurred in the early hours of Nov. 9. Reports indicate the motorist's girlfriend informed police officers of the incident one week later. She stated that the driver picked her up from her home and told her they needed to get to his residence immediately because he had hit somebody with his father's red truck and wanted to avoid police involvement. According to the accused, the 61-year-old bicyclist was still moving when the 20-year-old man drove away.

Local law enforcement officials asserted footage from a video surveillance camera showed the motorist filling up his vehicle at a gas station near the location of the incident. The camera further portrayed someone riding a bicycle with a visible rear flashing light and a red pickup truck outfitted with upper cab lights and additional rear well lights in the same area at the time of the fatal accident.

The man on the bicycle had a faint pulse when officers arrived at the scene but was declared deceased at the hospital. The medical examiner suggested that the crash victim died of blunt force trauma to his head, neck and other parts of his body.

Though life cannot be measured in dollars and cents, financial compensation may be the only form of justice the victim's family receives. A wrongful death attorney may represent the victim's family to reach a settlement with the negligent party's insurance company for fair compensation.

Green Bay Press Gazette, "Police: Man charged in fatal hit-and-run was on the phone at time of crash," Ariel Cheung, December 20, 2013

Source: LaCrosse Tribune, "Prosecutors charge Wis. man in fatal hit-and-run", December 20, 2013

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