Trial Scheduled for Marysville Cyclist Fatality Case

Trial Scheduled for Marysville Cyclist Fatality Case
Trial Scheduled for Marysville Cyclist Fatality Case

I’m Ed Smith, a Marysville personal injury lawyer. A man who has been accused of fatally striking Michael Cesspooch, a 53-year-old cyclist from Marysville, with his pickup truck will soon be facing trial for his charges.

The Accident

Officers of the Oroville Police Department (OPD) have accused Anthony Abuanbar, a 38-year-old Oroville resident, of fatally striking Cesspooch while driving his vehicle southbound on Feather River Boulevard a short distance north of the intersection at Oro Dam Boulevard at around 8:30 p.m. on September 12, 2017.

Officers reported that Cesspooch’s bike was stuck under Abuanbar’s truck after the accident and that Abuanbar had been seen dragging Cesspooch’s bicycle a short distance before he eventually pulled over to the side of the road in an alleged effort to conceal the evidence of the fatal accident.

Police later arrested Abuanbar after pursuing him to the Pacific Heights Road Area. He was arrested on charges of hit-and-run driving resulting in fatal injuries, gross vehicular manslaughter, and fleeing a pursuing police vehicle while recklessly driving.

A Bargain Rejected

Abuanbar has pleaded not guilty to all charges. However, on Thursday, November 30, 2017, prosecutors offered the defendant a bargain that would have let Abuanbar plead guilty to reduced charges of evading police, DUI vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence, and an enhancement of leaving the scene of the accident. The deal also provided that Abuanbar would spend an upper-limit prison sentence of nine years and eight months.

After Abuanbar spoke with his legal counsel, he reportedly rejected the deal and will be standing trial for his full charges on December 11, 2017. The trial will be presided over by Judge Clare Keithley. If convicted of all charges, Abuanbar will face up to 16 years and eight months of prison time.

At this time, Abuanbar remains in the custody of Butte County Jail.

Wrongful Death and Quick Action

When people are killed in accidents, it often leaves family and close friends in shock. Grieving a sudden and unexpected death can be tremendously difficult and has the ability to make legal issues seem far-away.

However, the parties responsible for fatal accidents usually don’t have to deal with the same emotional impact and typically immediately get to work on disclaiming fault. While it may seem difficult, calling a personal injury lawyer as soon as you are able can prevent at-fault parties from obscuring important evidence and preventing you from receiving the full recompense that you deserve for your loss.

Additionally, hiring an experienced personal injury attorney means that you can rest assured that important paperwork and deadlines are being taken care of, allowing you to focus on more important things such as healing emotionally and spending time with those you love.

More From Marysville personal injury attorney, Ed Smith

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I’m Ed Smith, a Marysville personal injury lawyer. If you have been hurt by a reckless or negligent driver, call us at (530) 392-9400 for friendly advice with no charge. Also, and my toll-free telephone line, (800) 404-5400, are good ways to reach me.

For over three decades, I’ve helped Marysville residents who are going through wrongful death and personal injury cases to receive the full recompense that they are rightfully owed.

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