[Costa Mesa, CA] – Noel Bascon Killed, Richard Lavalle Arrested in Bicycle Crash on Junipero Drive
12-Year-Old Noel Bascon Killed, While Richard Lavalle Arrested in DUI Accident on Junipero Drive
December 9, 2020 – Noel Bascon, age 12, was killed on Monday evening just before 6 P.M. Moreover, police arrested Richard Lavalle, age 59, from Long Beach due to a deadly run in with a bicycle on Junipero Drive and Arlington Drive.
The fatal Costa Mesa accident happened when young Mr. Bascon and his father were riding their bikes. When suddenly, the victim was struck by a pickup truck that ran a stop sign.
After being thrown from his bike, a passerby tried CPR on the boy. Not only that, responding emergency staff continued administrating life-saving measures.
The young bicyclist was transported to a local hospital. However, his wounds were too extreme, and he died at the hospital.
Afterward, police took Mr. Lavalle into custody at the scene.
According to jail records, Mr. Lavalle is being held without bail.
Likewise, authorities also arrested Lavalle’s passenger, Lee Anna Diaz Murphy, age 56, of Artesia. Further, she was arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled substances and unlawful drug paraphernalia.
Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
Both bicyclists, as well as drivers, should pay close attention to those around them. Likewise, they should always try to keep a considerable distance from one another.
Subsequently, this a good precaution at any time that harms is near. Especially when lives are at stake.
11 Ways to Avoid Deadly Crashes when Biking
In the past few years, biking has become increasingly more popular. Also, biking gives the heart and lungs a hefty workout, minimizing the risk of heart disease.
Not only that, but it can trim, and tone muscles, manage weight, relieve stress and the activity itself is environmentally friendly.
According to reports from C.D.C. There are about 500,000 people, about half the population of South Dakota, who are treated in emergency rooms due to Biking accidents every year.
Unbelievably, a shocking 7-800 people are killed each year in bicycle accidents. Hopefully, the following tips and advice will help you avoid a fatal crash when you are out there biking.
- Never bike into a road or street without stopping first. Look left, then right, then look left a second time as cars coming from the left are on your side of the road, and so closer to you.
- Check behind you before turning left or changing lanes and always signal. This involves practice. To practice go to a quiet area with minimal traffic.
- Wear your helmet. This may save your life. 7-800 people die from bicycle crashes, mostly from head injuries. Many others suffer permanent brain damage. Check your helmet regularly for wear and tear, replace it if you have been in an accident or after 6 years.
- Obey the rules of the road. Ride with traffic (on the right in the US). Always stop at the stop signs and red lights, even if the ‘coast is clear’.
- Always bike in single file, do not ‘blindly follow the leader’.
- Watch for left turning traffic. Often oncoming cars will misjudge the speed of a cyclist and turn left right into them. Be aware of oncoming traffic and look for signs that they will be turning left.
- Watch for right turning traffic. Be ready to break if a car passes you then slows, as this can be a sign that they are about to turn right into your path of travel. This may also be a sign that they are yielding to an oncoming car that is turning left. Always be cautious when passing a car that just passed you.
- Use a headlight when biking at night. Never assume the motorist can see you.
- Ensure your bike has reflectors both front and back, also reflectors on side wheels and pedals.
- Get off your bike and walk if you are overtired, or in very windy weather, as you may wobble and be in danger.
- Wear reflective clothing. It is not advisable to bike in sandals or barefoot, wear comfortable shoes, or invest in special biking shoes.
Do not Drive While Intoxicated
Statistically, 112 million adults were cited for drinking and driving in 2010. Moreover, this is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2009 alone, 11,000 people (about the seating capacity of Cameron basketball stadium at Duke University) died in car crashes involving at least one person whose blood-alcohol limit was above 0.08%.
Also, according to the CDC. Furthermore, The Mothers Against Drunk Driving website reports that 27 people die every day due to drinking and driving.
Similarly, four out of every five drunk drivers are men. Not to mention, 32% of all drunk driving incidents involve a male between the ages of 21 and 34.
Primarily, car accidents pose the highest danger when it comes to drinking and driving. Also, drinking too much alcohol impairs your ability to use your common sense and think long-term.
DrinkingAndDriving.org says that having too much to drink also slows your reaction time. Furthermore, that makes it more difficult for your brain to process information.
With all these factors, it makes for one dangerous and distracted driver. Also, when you do not pay attention to other vehicles around you, you are more likely to get into a car crash.
Moreover, when your response times are slower due to alcohol, you might not hit the brakes soon enough. As a result, you can cause serious accidents.
Intoxication Dangers to Others
When you get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol, your life is not the only one at risk. Also, you are putting the safety of everyone else on the road in jeopardy too.
Many drunken drivers get into single-car crashes and seriously hurt or kill themselves. Furthermore, in 22.3% of all car accidents causing driver death, the driver had a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or more.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in many cases, drunk drivers often collide with other motorists. As a result, seriously injuring or killing them.
According to the “Journal of Political Economy,” 53.2% of all fatal car accidents involve one sober driver and one drunk driver.
To the family and friends of Noel Bascon, we at Salkow Law firm cannot begin to imagine what you are going through, and our sincerest condolences go out to you.
Salkow Law are true advocates that will work with you directly to achieve justice. Insurance companies want to pay as little compensation as they can. They will even try to make your case go away completely. We will fight for you so that does not happen.
Unlike, the law firms you see plastered on billboards and buses, at Salkow Law you will receive a level of personal service long forgotten at the ‘big’ firms. With us you will not be a faceless, nameless case file. We’ll answer any questions you have and make sure you have a full understanding of how the process works.
This is especially true for families that have lost a loved one in an accident. We won’t stop until we’ve gotten you fair compensation to alleviate the financial toll that unexpected devastation brings.