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L.A.W. Resolves Wrongful Death Case of Local Cyclist

Mel C. Orchard of the Spence Law Firm donates time to help resolve local public interest case.

Estate of Jose Gregorio Bautista Leon vs. Jacob Hill

On June 29, 2010, in Teton County, Idaho Mr. Bautista Leon, 60, was riding his bicycle from an after work dinner party to his home when he was struck from behind by a 1981 GMC pickup truck driven by Jacob Hill. Mr. Bautista Leon, who had been working legally in the United States, died shortly thereafter as a result of his injuries leaving behind a wife and two children in Mexico. Following the accident, Mr. Hill tampered with evidence by removing the rear reflector of the bicycle and throwing it into a field. In addition, the vehicle did not have adequate headlamps or windshield wipers. Mr. Bautista Leon was an avid cyclist and marathon runner who had lighting on both the front and rear of his bike, as well as other reflective materials.

Plaintiff’s Attorneys: Mel C. Orchard, III and Mark L. Aronowitz of Lawyers and Advocates for Wyoming.

Lawyers and Advocates for Wyoming is a public interest, not for profit law firm that, due to the amount of coverage available, represented Mr. Bautista Leon’s family on a significantly reduced fee basis. The Defendant was also arrested and prosecuted for felony vehicular manslaughter and destruction of evidence. Plaintiff’s investigation revealed that Mr. Hill was without assets.

Case Settled for policy limits prior to the filing of the complaint.

The case settled prior to filing the complaint.



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