A recent report shows that hit-and-runs involving vehicle-bicyclist collisions are on the rise in Los Angeles County. Between 2002 and 2012, more than 5,600 cyclists were injured and at least 36 cyclists died from hit-and-run related incidents, which is an increase of 42%. Of those incidents, 40% of cases involved minors under the age of 18 years old.1
An alarmingly high number of vehicles involved in hit-and-run incidents are never found and about 80% of hit-and-run cases go unresolved.2 Many times, law enforcement does not have strong leads and must rely heavily on eyewitness reports or the car’s license plate number. Due to the lack of closure for such cases, the organization Ghost Bike has begun paying tribute to bicyclists whose deaths resulted from hit-and-run collisions. Small memorials of bicycles fully painted white on city streets serve as a way for others to mourn and as a quiet statement in support of the right to safe travel for cyclists.3 Although the states make it appear as if you may never be arrested for hit-and-run, vehicle-bicyclist hit-and-run is a serious crime.