Bicyclist Sustains Severe Head Injuries in Hit-and-Run Crash
About the Injury Accident
Joe Luna Jr. was riding his bicycle to a bank on Court Road at around 7:00 p.m. when the injury accident occurred. Near the 1600 block of Court Road, Luna was hit by a truck traveling eastbound, striking him from behind.
KPRC2 reports that the driver of the truck stopped, and an occupant in the vehicle exited the vehicle and approached Luna as he lay in the street. After a short period of time, the pickup truck fled the scene.
Luna was severely injured in the crash, according to KPRC2. The injured bicyclist suffered injuries to the brain, requiring surgery to relieve swelling. In addition, Luna broken one of his legs and is having trouble relearning how to walk. He remains in the intensive care unit at the hospital.
Information on Bicycle Accidents
The following information regarding bicycle, or pedalcycle, crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 743 pedalcyclists died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013.
- An estimated 48,000 pedalcyclists were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013.
- Sixty-eight percent of all pedalcyclists who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 died in urban area crashes.
- Most pedalcyclist fatalities occurred at non-intersections (57%) in 2013.