A 15-year-old Tarzana boy, and biking enthusiast, Sebastian Montero, was tragically killed when he was struck by a car while riding his bike in Woodland Hills, California. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the Woodland Hills bicycle accident occurred when Montero was riding his bike with a friend on Easter morning. He followed his friend through an intersection when a white 2018 Infiniti entered the intersection and hit Montero, sending him flying into the car’s windshield.
The young boy was rushed to the hospital reportedly suffering from blunt force trauma. He was pronounced dead just a short time later. The driver was a 31-year-old Tarzana man. The driver stopped after the accident and the police determined that he was not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Police are seeking the help of witnesses in their investigation into the details of the case. They are still trying to determine the color of the light at the intersection and how fast the driver was going. Those with information should contact the LAPD.
In a tragic bicycle versus auto collision like this one, small details like the color of the light or the speed of the driver make a big difference. Far too often, the bicyclist is blamed for causing or contributing to the accident because of their own actions. Understanding the details of the case like those mentioned above (the color of the light and speed of the car) can help determine the liability of the driver to the bicyclist.
The surviving family members of the victim of this California wrongful death bicycle accident should contact a skilled wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. An experienced bike accident attorney can assist in investigating the details of the case to determine whether the driver was at fault. An attorney can then help the victim’s family recover the California wrongful death damages that are available to them.
We wish our sincerest condolences to the family of Sebastian Montero. We hope they can receive the justice they deserve for their son’s wrongful death.