Santa Clara County: Driver drifts into shoulder, kills cyclist

A 20 year old driver drifted into the shoulder on San Tomas Expressway in Campbell, CA earlier today, killing a 59 year old man on a bicycle, according to CHP dispatches and news reports.

According to the Mercury News, the driver initially drove away. Another motorist followed her to a local Peet’s Coffee shop, and the driver’s father took her back to the scene of the collision.

Merc-News: Cyclist killed in Hit and run

It’s disturbing that this driver’s first instinct after hitting the cyclist was apparently to run. Props to Dad for doing the right thing. Because she returned quickly, she likely avoids a felony hit and run charge. Props also to the motorist who followed tge suspect as she ran.

We don’t know what distracted the driver, but I have my suspicions. Let’s hope the police collected the suspect’s phone as evidence. Please don’t text and drive, kids.

H/T Shiva Sharma for this sad news.

4 Comments

  • March 12, 2013 - 5:19 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know what’s worse: That the driver drove away or that the parent was in the car and had to drive back to the scene?

    The driver should get charged with vehicular homicide and the father should be charged with aiding and abetting or contributing to the delinquency of a minor or the like.

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  • McLovin
    March 13, 2013 - 3:17 pm | Permalink

    according to the SJMN, the driver called her dad at Peet’s then he came down and took her back to the scene. he was not with her when the accident happened.

  • March 13, 2013 - 8:56 pm | Permalink

    hit and run is worse…. leaving someone to die while you think about yourself is inexcusable.

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