At about 10:54 a.m. on Tuesday, October 6th, 49-year-old Erin Aversano struck and injured a bicycle rider, then fled the scene. It happened on Los Osos Valley Road in the census-designated Los Osos area of California.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the San Luis Obispo resident headed eastbound on the roadway in a 2020 Hyundai Elantra. The woman drove into the bicycle lane and struck 66-year-old Robert Conlen, of Los Osos, near Sombrero Drive.
The investigators said that Aversano sideswiped the victim, flinging him from his bicycle to the roadway. The woman then fled the scene without stopping to see the extent of Conlen’s injuries. Medics transported the man to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo.
The highway patrol said that he suffered a fractured left leg. The suspect didn’t get far, as officers located her fifteen minutes after she fled at another crash site. It was near the intersection of Santa Rosa Street and Highland Drive.
The CHP arrested Aversano on suspicion of a hit-and-run, causing bodily injury, and driving under the influence of drugs. She would need representation from a car injury lawyer. There is no additional information.
A hit-and-run under the California Vehicle Code is a severe offense that prosecutors try either as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the case’s circumstances. The law provides that anyone involved in an accident should remain at the scene until first responders arrive, and failure to do this attracts imprisonment and fines.
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