Pedestrians are often seen walking on sidewalks where they are safe. However, in 2009, 4,092 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 59,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every nine minutes in traffic crashes.
In Mesa, a 28-year-old man has been arrested after he was accused of knocking a 15-year-old skateboarder to the ground (AZCentral 07/13/2011). The incident happened in a neighborhood near Guadalupe and Sossaman roads in Mesa. Police say that the 28-year-old suspect was driving down the street when he saw a group of skateboarders and told them to get out of the street. The 15-year-old teen responded to the man that they were on the bike lane and not on the street, before riding away. The man responded by jumping out of his car and chasing down the teen, saying that he would kill him, while knocking him down on the ground. An adult overheard this and rushed to help the victim, but the man ran away and drove off. Later, police were able to locate the man and arrest him. The teen sustained minor injuries.
Streets in Arizona are usually equipped with a bike lane for skateboarders and bicycle riders. It was good that the teens were using a safe lane. Even though they are in the bike lane, it is still unsafe, and they should still be cautious.
If you or a loved one has been harassed or assaulted by an unknown person for using the bicycle lane, you may call us for a free consultation at (602) 457-6222. We are personal injury lawyers in Mesa and we may be able to help.