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San Bernardino Bicycle Accident Ends In Death


Thomas Joseph Meeks, 19, of San Bernardino, was killed and his stepbrother critically injured in San Bernardino after being fatally struck by a hit and run driver. The San Bernardino Sun reports that the bicycle accident occurred on 40th st. near Johnson street. The two teens were riding together and were on their way home when they were struck by a hit and run driver.

Meeks was pronounced dead at the scene and his brother was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Police were quickly able to identify a suspect and have already seized the suspects white,  1991 Toyota Corolla, according to San Bernardino Police Sgt. Rich Lawhead. Anyone with information relating to the bicycle accident is urged to call Sgt. Lawhead at 909-384-5738. My heart goes out to the family and friends of this innocent hit and run victim.

New Bicycle Accident Policy Announced

Thomas Joseph Meeks bicycle accident was not in vain, as reported by the latimesblogs.latimes.com, just days after the death of this innocent young victim,  the Los Angeles Police Department Chief, Charlie Beck, while speaking to a group of bicycle rights advocates, announced the department-wide training of LA Police Officers highlighting the rights of bicyclists on the roadway.

Hoping to address growing complaints from cyclists that their rights were being infringed upon by drivers,  Beck said, “We hear you, we know we need to do a better job for you.” Beck went on to say, cyclists were “our most vulnerable commuters” and promised to do a better job of protecting them. Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger said the training that was announced would include an official department policy clearly outlining the police officers responsibilities when dealing with cyclists on the roads.

Paysinger also said the police department would be creating a mandatory, for all police officers, computer-based “e-learning” agenda to help officers to recognize problems and issues faced by cyclists. This new agenda should be launching within the next week according to Paysinger.

Bicycle Accidents Handled By Divisions

He went on to point out several more actions taken by the LAPD including; the addition of a group to work with advocacy groups, the appointment of an official liaison within the police department, and most importantly, all bicycle accidents would be handled by each bureau’s traffic division. This action would make a statement that the LAPD is taking bicycle accidents and bike safety much more seriously.

Councilman Bill Rosendahl, chairman of the transportation committee, seemed convinced when he called it a “historic first” with the police chief working with the cyclists. “Today is the beginning of a new day with the LAPD,” Rosendahl said. “My hope is that six months from now an officer will know the rights of cyclists as well as the rights of motorists.… I think the LAPD, like pretty much the citizenry in general, has had the car culture.” Everyone involved is hoping this helps improve response to bicycle accidents in Los Angeles.

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