Pulaski Man Fined In Connection With Hitting German Cyclist
December 8, 2011
According to WDBJ 7 News, a 46-year-old Marion, Virginia, driver of a commercial truck has been convicted and fined for reckless driving on a suspended license in Pulaski County General District Court Thursday for his part in the October 8th accident that left a German cyclist in a coma.
The 40-year-old German was on a 10-week cycling tour of the United States when he was hit by the truck at around 3:00 PM on Route 100. Reports stated that the 1998 Freightliner truck was traveling southbound at about 55 mph when he swerved to the right and struck the cyclist’s bicycle. The rider was thrown several feet onto an embankment and was later airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Troopers who responded to the scene stated that the truck driver failed to maintain control of his vehicle and did not have his eyes on the road at the time of the accident.
In court today, the truck driver was convicted on all charges, given a $500 fine and suspended 90-day jail sentence for the reckless driving charge, and a $100 fine for driving on a suspended license.
The German cyclist remains in a coma and will soon be flown home to Germany to continue treatment.
The Virginia brain injury lawyers with The Skolrood Law Firm urge drivers to be aware of their surroundings and share the road with bikers. If you have been injured in an accident no fault of your own, contact our experienced attorneys with questions regarding your case.