Arcadia High School Student Dies of Injuries Sustained in Vehicle vs. Bicycle Collision

The 16-year-old died late Tuesday.

An Arcadia High School student died late Tuesday of injuries he suffered from being thrown off of his bike after a motorist accidentally struck him over the weekend.

Several students and parents have identified the 16-year-old, but Patch will not publish his name until we receive confirmation from Arcadia Unified School District officials.

The accident occurred shortly before 10 p.m. on Saturday at the intersection of Santa Anita Avenue and Duarte Road. 

According to the preliminary investigation report released by the Arcadia Police Department, the bicyclist was stopped for a red arrow in the southbound left turn lane. When the signal for southbound through traffic turned green, the bicyclist swerved to the right — straight into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

The vehicle struck the bicyclist, throwing him from the bike. The bicyclist, who police say was not wearing a helmet, suffered severe injuries when his head hit the pavement.

The unidentified 26-year-old driver, also an Arcadia resident, did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol, investigators said. DUI and toxicology results are pending for both the driver and the victim.  

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

Gayle M. Montgomery October 24, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Prayers go out to the family and students from this child's school. Losing a classmate is so very tough for the school age. I hope they have been offered grief counseling. If I understand this article, that bicyclist was in the left turn lane and may have mirrored other such behavior. It just isn't a safe place for a bike. Most drivers don't expect to find a bicyclist in that space, and visibility can be an issue. This is just tragic.
Patched in October 25, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Ive seen that for Years and have never understood why you would be in traffic ? as a kid I would have never considered being in the left turn lane, you go to the cross walk and walk it across. Once I asked a guy why he was out in that lane, his reply was " well technically Im a Vehicle " Yea, Until you get in a " Vehicle" accident then your Victim. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Young Man's Family and Friend's.
Keeks October 25, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Awful. My condolences - from a Monrovia resident.
Brad Hori October 25, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I ride my bicycle everyday. You are considered a vehicle as everyone else and have the right to the road as everyone else, that said, you are also suppose to ride on the right side of the road. You are not suppose to ride on the sidewalk as that is illegal, unless you are under 16 and have 20 inch or smaller wheels. I don't know if that has changed but that is also dangerous for other reasons. In Santa Monica they enforce that law and will give you a ticket. I always use the turn lanes as any vehicle just like I was riding my motorcycle. BUT, they said he swerved to the right into traffic which would be behind him? Also they said it was 10 PM, night time, so did he have lights (headlight and tail light?) which you are suppose to have (at nite). And of course he would probably still be alive if he wore a helmet. I know a guy who fell off his bike twice and was wearing a helmet both times, and the second time he cracked his helmet in half! Riding at night is never good for a bicycle, day time is bad enough as cars do not see you anyway. I know, I see it everyday!! I have seen people talking in the streets and just turn around in walk straight into me, of course I'm paying attention an yell at them while passing several feet away ( I do that on purpose to scare them).
Brad Hori October 25, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I don't use crosswalks as it is too slow. It would take me twice as long to get to work or where ever. I also have a mirror. I use it almost as much as looking in front. I don't trust anyone, cars, people, animals etc.. Riding a bike is no more dangerous than walking on the sidewalk, driving a car, sky diving. You can be killed standing in your house. So my conclusion to this is the guy should have had a helmet on and watching what he was doing riding at night. Sounds cold but true.


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