Petaluma, CA (May 27, 2020) – At around 9:28 a.m., on May 26, the Petaluma Police Department responded to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Corona Road.
Reports show that a bicyclist was traveling along the side of the road when they were struck by a drunk driver in a white Honda Accord near the intersection with US Highway 101. The Honda then went on to collide with a green Ford F-150.
The bicyclist suffered fatal injuries in the crash and was declared deceased at the scene.
The driver of the Honda, who was identified as 65-year-old John Dethlefsen, was arrested at the scene for operating his vehicle while impaired and vehicular manslaughter.
At this time, police are investigating.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family of the bicyclist killed in this accident.
Fatal Bicycle Accidents in California
No matter how aggressive drivers remain on California roadways, they are never truly out of harm’s way. In fact, more than 3,400 people lose their lives annually in accidents across our state. Bicycle accidents make up roughly 4% of these fatal collisions. These accidents are often life-changing as they leave families to grieve the sudden and unexpected loss of their loved ones. When people are killed in tragic collisions, due to the actions of other motorists sharing the road, it is crucial that their families contact a wrongful death attorney in California as soon as possible to explore legal options available to them.
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