The wife and children of a retired aerospace engineer killed while bicycling through Palos Verdes Estates last year has filed suit against a motorist they allege purposely accelerated toward him, hitting him and knocking him over into the street to die.
Torrance resident Joan Bacon and her three children allege in their Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed Wednesday that James Rahman tailed her 68-year-old husband, John William Bacon III, on Granvia Altamira on May 18, 2016, honking at him and veering toward him.
The family alleges Rahman struck Bacon with the right-side mirror of his white Ford F-150 truck and drove away, according to the lawsuit.
Dies at hospital
Neighbors found Bacon still breathing at the side of the road. He died later at a hospital.
Attempts to contact Rahman on Friday afternoon were not successful.
The Palos Verdes Estates Police Department investigated Bacon’s death, but never publicly identified a suspect nor provided details of what it believed happened. No one was ever arrested.
Palos Verdes Estates police Sgt. Luke Hellinga said Friday he could not discuss the case, but detectives submitted their investigation to the District Attorney’s Office, which cited insufficient evidence in declining to prosecute their suspect.
At the time of Bacon’s death, police had released a surveillance video to the media that showed Bacon pass by the camera on his bicycle, followed by a white truck. Officers hoped someone might identify the driver, who police said stopped briefly, yelled for someone to call 911, and took off.
Officers later said they spoke with the driver and called him a suspect, but did…
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