The many who love and respect San Francisco State University’s cross country coach describe the educator as someone who is successful at “teaching people to be good people.” It is not only tragic, therefore, but also ironic that the coach was recently injured in a hit-and-run bicycle accident. It sounds like the suspect who hit the avid athlete could use a lesson in being a good person.
California authorities are still looking for the felony hit-and-run suspect who crashed into the victim on Sunday morning, Nov. 14. The accident sent the beloved Marin County community member to the hospital with the following injuries and more:
Broken collar bone
Six cracked ribs
The injured bicyclist was luckily not riding alone that morning. His friend was riding behind him when he saw the white pickup truck crash into his biking buddy and drive off. “He’s lucky he is alive,” says the friend of the victim, who claims that the driver of the truck definitely saw the two bicyclists on the road. The driver reportedly honked for the men to get out of his way before striking the law-abiding cyclist.
According to reports, the 43-year-old bike accident victim is expected to fully recover. He was smart and experienced enough to have been wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, which very well could have saved his life. But helmet or not, all the bicycle safety in the world can quickly be for nothing if drivers violate traffic laws and treat riders with reckless disrespect.
What the negligent motorist in this case did is classified as a felony. He injured someone and then left the scene of the accident. If found and convicted of the felony charge, the suspect could face up to one year in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.