Victim Identified as Catherine Campion Ritz in Tragic Newport Coast Bicycle Accident

In a tragic accident that has left a community mourning, 57-year-0ld Catherine Campion-Ritz was killed in a hit-and-run bicycle accident on Newport Coast Drive and Ocean Ridge near her home of Irvine last month.  The driver of the car that struck Campion-Ritz fled the scene, however, police were able to track him down later and arrest him.  Michael Jason Lopez, 39, is believed to be the driver of the car that struck and killed Campion-Ritz.

Campion-Ritz was a well-known and prominent physician in Orange County and will be missed by all.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

REMEMBERING DR. CATHRINE ANN CAMPION

Dr. Campion was the President of the Greater Newport Physicians, a group of physicians in Southern California.  The organization released the following statement:

“Dr. Kit Campion was a warm, engaging leader, respected and loved by her patients, physician colleagues, nurses and health care professionals throughout Orange County,” says Diane Laird, Greater Newport Physicians CEO and a long-time friend and colleague. “She worked tirelessly to ensure that members of all the communities we serve had access to the best health care. Dr. Campion cared for thousands of patients over the last three decades and played an important role in the health of so many Orange County families. Everyone at Greater Newport Physicians and Nautilus Healthcare Management Group are deeply saddened by this great loss.”

BICYCLE ACCIDENTS IN ORANGE COUNTY

Given the beautiful scenery, bicycle riding is one of the most common forms of exercise and entertainment for many Orange County residents.  Unfortunately, many cars just aren’t paying attention, are distracted or do not look for bicyclist.  Newport Beach ranks among the top cities in California for most bicycle accidents resulting in injury or death.

FREE ACCIDENT BOOK – ENTIRE CHAPTER DEDICATED TO BICYCLE ACCIDENTS

The greatest safety measure against bicycle accidents is to promote driver safety and awareness.  As we typically now see so often billboards and signs regarding text messaging, it is just as important to remember to share the road with others whether they be on a bicycle, motorcycle or as a pedestrian.  The truth is any of those three don’t stand a chance against a 5 ton vehicle.  To learn more about the California legal system, order your free copy of Accidents Happen But Who’s Going to Pay the Bills?

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With more than 35 years of combined legal experience in handling cases on behalf of victims and families of bicyclist, The Torkzadeh Law Firm will provide a free legal consultation of your claim with no obligation.  Call today and speak with one of our lawyers about your case.  (888) 845-9696

 


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