suspect charged in hit and run

Life can change in an instant, so it’s important to be cognizant of your surroundings at all times. It’s not uncommon to hear stories of bicyclists colliding with cars because one didn’t observe the right of way while going in their respective directions. 

However, James Beloian was not involved in an in-transit incident. The 74-year-old man was straddling his bicycle in a stationary position near 1901 Twelve Avenue South when his life came to an abrupt end. 

While Beloian was perhaps taking his time to catch his breath or ponder his ensuing route, Corey A. Bell was in a huge rush. The 40-year-old man was behind the wheel of a stolen 2004 Toyota Matrix during the afternoon of March 11 earlier this year. Bell was speeding south on Cochran Avenue, and crossed over into the northbound lanes, eventually hitting a mailbox.

Unfortunately, that is not where the wild scene ended. Bell tried to do a U-turn but the car was moving too fast, and he ran even farther off the road. It was at that point that Bell’s car struck Beloian, who was pronounced dead shortly after the scene of the crime.

Bell was just arrested on July 12 on counts of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crime involving death. DNA evidence came back confirming Bell’s presence inside the stolen automobile. He is currently being held on bond for each infraction.

For a few months it seemed like Beloian’s family would not receive the justice they deserved by finding out who was responsible for killing James. The last thing the senior citizen would have expected that day was to be hit by a vehicle that started out on a completely different road.

Getting over the shock of something like this can be a long and arduous process, but the steps to engage the experienced professionals at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath are simple and easy. If your life ever changes in the blink of an eye due to a motor vehicle-related mishap, just call (561) 655-1990.