15-Year-Old Boy Killed in Yuma Hit-and-Run Accident

When someone is hit and killed in an Arizona bicycle accident, it leads to an entire set of processes unfolding, including the extreme grief that must be endured by the bicyclist's family. When a motorist involved in an Arizona bicycle accident flees the scene after the crash, it only adds a completely unnecessary and stressful layer to the scenario. Tragically, that's what occurred last night when a 15-year-old boy was hit and killed in a Yuma hit-and-run accident. Fortunately, the driver involved in the crash was identified and apprehended.

According to authorities, the latest fatal Arizona bicycle accident occurred last night after dark in Yuma near Avenue 9E. The boy was riding his bicycle with a friend when he was hit by a 2000 Ford Explorer that was being driven by 18-year-old Tom Bartley. Bartley fled the scene and abandoned his vehicle in a parking lot at Arizona Western College. It was soon found and Bartley was arrested and booked on suspicion of causing an accident involving death, failure to stop and manslaughter.

Arizona Bicycle Accident Statistics

First and foremost, we'd like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the boy who was killed. He was not identified, which likely means that his family is about to receive the type of news that no one should ever have to receive. In addition, this Yuma bicycle accident will now become part of the overall statistics regarding Arizona bicycle accidents. Every year, almost 2,000 such crashes occur, leading to almost 1,700 injuries and to more than a dozen deaths.

Arizona Wrongful Death Lawyers

It's clear that the driver in this Yuma hit-and-run accident faces serious criminal charges. He could also face an Arizona wrongful death lawsuit if the family of the boy who was killed files such a claim. If a claim is filed and is successful, the family could be awarded damages that compensate the family for their medical, funeral and burial costs as well as their emotional distress.

If you have lost someone you love as a result of negligent driving, you need to seek the help of Arizona wrongful death lawyers who have been successfully defending the rights of grieving families for many years. Contact Phillips Law Group, Arizona's Law Firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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