A bicyclist was killed after being the unintended victim of a road rage accident in San Bernardino. According to a KTLA news report, the incident occurred the afternoon of June 4 when the drivers of a 2003 Infiniti and a 2000 BMW got involved in some type of altercation as they were driving east on West Fifth Street. The Infiniti, driven by 32-year-old Rosendo Ortiz, and the BMW driven by 28-year-old Karina Saucedo, were involved in the altercation over several minutes.
The two vehicles reached the intersection of Fifth Street and Ramona Avenue when a bicyclist was crossing the street. The bicyclist was struck by Ortiz’s vehicle while Saucedo swerved and crashed into a parked car. The bicyclist, who has not been identified, died at the scene. Both drivers remained at the scene to speak with investigators after the accident. No arrests or citations have been reported. Police are looking for anyone else who might have witnessed this fatal bicycle crash. The investigation is ongoing
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of this deceased victim for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Fatality Caused by Road Rage
Based on this news report, it appears that this tragic accident was caused by road rage. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines road rage as when a driver “commits moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property; an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger of one motor vehicle on the operator or passengers of another motor vehicle.”
Also, according to NHTSA, aggressive driving causes 66 percent of traffic fatalities and 37 percent of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm. Over a seven-year period, 218 murders and 12,610 injuries have been attributed to road rage.
Holding Wrongdoers Accountable
If you have lost a loved one as a result of road rage, you may be able to hold the at-fault parties accountable by filing a wrongful death claim. In such cases, at-fault parties may be held liable for damages including medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love, care and companionship. An experienced San Bernardino car accident lawyer will be able to advise you regarding your legal rights and options.