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McAuliff accident in Visalia kills recycling gentleman

May 27, 2011–Last Friday morning’s fatal accident in Visalia involved a three-wheeled bicycle and a Chevy Silverado.  The deceased was on his regular recycling route collecting cans and bottles.  The driver of the pick-up was identified as Joseph Fischer of Visalia.  He reportedly told the investigating officers that he did not see the cycist.

The location was just north of Golden West High in Visalia on McAuliff Road.

This case sounds very similar to another case handled by our offices about 10 years ago involving a Hmong gentleman pushing a shopping cart full of recycled cans up an onramp on Highway 198–he also was on his regular route.  In that case we were able to establish a wage claim by contacting the recycling depo he frequented to obtain a wage history.  His family received a sizable settlement although he was walking in an unsafe area.  He also was not seen by the motorist.

Before the car is repaired we should download the air bag black box data to determine its speed.  Our retained engineer can also reconstruct this accident to determine fault.  Please calll us right away if you are a relative or in touch with the family.  Attorney John Rozier  559-713-0159.  I am located right here in Visalia on Caldwell.  /