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Motorcyclist pinned under vehicle in hit-and-run

A motorcyclist in California was hit by a van, trapped under the vehicle, and eventually taken to the hospital. The van then allegedly ran from the crash site.

An officer with the California Highway Patrol said that both the van and the motorcycle were driving down the same street just after 5p.m., with the motorcycle going east and the van heading west.

As they both approached an intersection, the green light turned yellow. The biker kept going, attempting to simply drive through the intersection legally before it turned red. The van needed to turn left, however, and it apparently turned right in front of the bike, hitting it.

The motorcycle was thrown to the pavement and the biker was tossed from it. He slid under a Nissan Sentra and was pinned. The van completed the turn and sped off.

There were witnesses. Some of them ran to the rider and pulled him out. He was then brought to Community Regional Medical Center, where his injuries have been described as moderate. Some witnesses tried to read the license plate and spotted the letter I and the letter H. That gives the police something to build on as they work to track the driver down and bring him or her to justice.

Left-turn accidents are some of the most common for motorcycle riders, as other driver don’t see them and cut them off. They can lead to serious injuries and high medical bills. Those who are hurt need to know if they have a right to seek financial compensation — though, in a hit and run, police may need to find the at-fault driver first.

Source: Fresno Bee, “CHP: Motorcycle driver stuck under car in central Fresno accident,” Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado, April 11, 2017

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