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Cyclist dies after run-in with drunk driver

The road can be a dangerous place for cyclists and pedestrians simply because a run-in with a vehicle can bring catastrophic injuries to someone who isn't protected by steal and airbags. One Roanoke, Virginia, man has died after an accident involving a drunk driver. The 33-year-old woman who was driving the car in the accident is being charged with DUI manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.

The 59-year-old man was reportedly biking on Franklin Road in Roanoke close to 10:00 p.m. on Monday, March 31. The man was traveling north on the road. The 33-year-old woman was driving north on the same road when she hit the man.

According to police, the woman was located and arrested not far from the scene of the accident. Police report that alcohol is currently considered the primary factor in the incident. Police originally did not release the name of the man who was killed so they could inform his loved ones. Additional information about the incident, including the man's name, was released the day after the accident.

While it's important for cyclists and pedestrians to follow safety guidelines, such as watching for traffic and wearing bright clothing at night, drivers also bear a burden for safety on the road. When alcohol is a major factor in an accident, it can be easy to identify negligence and fault.

A personal injury case that proves fault or negligence to a jury may earn loved ones or victims compensation for losses, including medical expenses, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering. Before moving forward with a compensation claim, it's important to review the case from a legal standpoint and understand all the options that are available.

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