Mesa, AZ (July 11, 2019) – On Tuesday evening, a man left his vehicle and drifted into a bike lane, where it struck and killed a man in a fatal bicycle accident in Mesa.
The man who caused the accident was identified as 29-year-old Zachary Taylor who admitted that he had been using drugs like heroin at the time.
According to the Mesa Police Department, the bicyclist, identified as 67-year-old Scott Purdie, was riding east on McDowell Road when Taylor suddenly struck him. Police say that Purdie passed away at the scene of the accident.
At the time, Purdie’s family said that he was on his way to rent a vehicle and liked biking.
Taylor allegedly stopped at the scene and cooperated with police. However, he showed signs of impairment and police used a drug recognition expert to determine that he had been using when the accident took place.
Taylor has since been arrested.
Our sincerest condolences are warmly extended to the family and friends of the bicyclist whose life was taken in this accident.
Many bicyclists will hit the roads in Arizona across the summertime, which means that the prevalence of these accidents will increase as well. Bicycle accidents are some of the most dangerous accidents on our roads due to the fact that bicyclists are vulnerable parties who are prone to harm. If you have been injured or lost someone you love and are looking to file a wrongful death claim, look no further than an attorney who can help you move forward at this time.
At ELG Law, our experienced attorneys have been helping clients for years and are willing to provide the legal help you deserve when you need it most. We believe in helping you and others obtain justice and fair compensation. Please reach out to us at (623) 562-3838 for more information.
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