On Friday night in Phoenix, Arizona, a hit-and-run car accident involving two vehicles and a bicycle occurred, killing the male bike rider.
Phoenix Police Department spokesman, Sergeant Steve Martos, stated that at just before 9 p.m., 47-year-old Angel Hernandez-Sotelo was crossing the street on his bicycle near 7th Street and Roeser Road when he was hit by a Ford Taurus that was heading north on 7th Street.
Sgt. Martos said that the driver of the vehicle then fled, pulling into and parking his rental car at a liquor store on the northeast corner of that same intersection, and taking off on foot.
The now-injured Hernandez-Sotelo was struck by a second vehicle, whose driver also fled the scene.
Emergency personnel later pronounced Hernandez-Sotelo dead at the scene.
Lourdes Hernandez, niece to the victim, was a witness at the scene. She is now pleading for the drivers who fled to give themselves up, stating:
"If he's watching this, [I ask for him] to turn himself in. It didn't have to end like that, his life."
Police have indicated that neither driver has been identified.
As a Phoenix car accident lawyer, it is so upsetting to see a story like this, where individuals act with such willful disregard for human life.
Officials are asking that anyone with information regarding the case call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6141. Those who wish to remain anonymous are welcomed to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS, or 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.
Our Phoenix car accident law firm offers our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the man who lost his life in this tragic event.