Electric bike rider indicted for negligent death of pedestrian in crosswalk

The accused has been formally charged with causing a death by negligence. The case will be heard next month.

May 15, 2019 12:03
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Electric bike rider indicted for negligent death of pedestrian in crosswalk

A man rides an electric bicycle, also known as an e-bike, in downtown Milan, Italy, May 18, 2018.. (photo credit: STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS)


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The Haifa District Attorney's Office filed a preliminary indictment against a Hadera resident for the negligent death of a pedestrian he hit while riding an electric bicycle through a pedestrian crosswalk.

On October 16, two years prior to the indictment, the victim was riding his bicycle through a pedestrian crossing at a speed of around 24 km/h, according to court documents.

The defendant noticed the now deceased in the crosswalk talking to people in place, and although the defendant observed the deceased, the bicycle rider continued his way through the crossing without slowing down his speed.

While both crossing the path, the two involved in the incident veered into each other's path. The defendant struck the deceased with his electric bicycle. According to the court documents, the deceased was injured and suffered fractures in the skull as well as cerebral hemorrhaging, later dying of his injuries.

The defendant is being charged on four counts: being unaware of the obstructions in his direction of travel, not slowing down to a halt, not noticing the pedestrian crossing the road (although the court believes he could and should have noticed), and acting negligently.

Now that the accused has been formally charged with causing a death by negligence, the case will be heard next month on June 23.

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