Gilbert, AZ (September 25, 2019) – A 15-year-old girl has died after sustaining serious injuries in a crash late Tuesday afternoon.
The 15-year-old succumbed to her injuries at the hospital on Wednesday. The girl, who was a sophomore at Gilbert High School, was hit and killed while riding her bicycle near Elliot Road.
According to officials from the Gilbert Police Department, the girl was crossing the road while riding her bicycle at the canal trail crossing located on Greenfield Road. As she was crossing, she was struck by an unknown vehicle.
The 57-year-old driver of that vehicle stayed on the scene and cooperated with officers. Officers said that the driver was not impaired when the crash occurred. Detectives are still investigating the cause of the wreck.
The City of Gilbert said that they had a project slated to begin next year, near Greenfield and Elliot, to install a pedestrian crosswalk. The city is now looking at expediting that construction in light of this tragic accident.
Our condolences go out to the deceased victim’s family at this time.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, pedestrian and bicycle accidents are on the rise. Furthermore, approximately 40 percent of fatal bicycle crashes were caused by vehicles rear-ending cyclists, even when riders were observing traffic laws by using bike lanes or the sidewalk.
Cyclists are especially vulnerable to serious injuries or death after a crash. These victims are often left with high medical costs, long-term physical problems, and severe emotional trauma. And when victims succumb to their injuries, families are left to pick up the pieces, negotiating with insurance companies and handling funeral costs while grieving their loved ones. However, the victims and families affected by these bicycle accidents can seek legal aid from a skilled personal injury lawyer.
When it comes to advocating for victims and their families after a crash, ELG Law’s team of bicycle accident lawyers has years of experience. Contact our accident attorneys today at (623) 562-3838 to schedule your free consultation and learn more about seeking the fair compensation you deserve.
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Disclaimer: As members of the local Phoenix and broader Arizona community, we hope everyone in our community is safe and protected. We cover the events included in this blog as a way to offer support to the victims in similar circumstances and to provide relief during these difficult times. However, this information should not be misconstrued as legal advice, and you should speak with a trained legal professional for more information regarding your situation.
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