Bicycling is a popular form of recreation and transportation in the state of Hawaii. The wonderful climate here makes for perfect riding weather year-round. Not only is cycling a great way to stay in shape, but it is also a very economical and environmentally friendly form of personal transportation. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents have become a big concern in recent years as roads across Hawaii become more and more crowded. Since cyclist are often totally exposed, these type of accidents often result in serious injury or death.
A trial is set to begin soon for a former Hawaii police officer who allegedly struck and killed a cyclist while he was on duty. The former officer was charged with negligent homicide after the incident. According to reports, the officer was traveling eastbound on Waikoloa Road in his patrol car with the bicyclist riding a bicycle along the side of the road.
Records say that the incident was initially reported as a hit-and-run after first responders found the cyclist face down on the shoulder of the road near a damaged bicycle. Allegedly, the officer filed a false report in an attempt to clear his name. The officer was terminated and arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide.
Cycling along Hawaii’s crowded roadways can be very dangerous. Drivers these days are faced with more distractions that can take focus off of the road. Those in Hawaii who have suffered injuries of the loss of loved ones in bicycle accidents could benefit from discussions with a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney.