Teen Cyclist Suffers 'Extensive' Injuries in Collision With Motorist

The cyclist was hospitalized following the crash, which took place on Santa Anita Avenue in Arcadia.

A 16-year-old boy biking on Santa Anita Avenue in Arcadia was struck by a car just before 10 p.m., police said.

The teen was struck by a motorist and suffered "pretty extensive" injuries. The teen was rushed to Huntington Memorial Trauma Center. It was not immediately known what caused the collision, said Lieutenant Mike Castro of Arcadia Police. 

The bicyclist injured in a collision Saturday night was attempting to make a turn while traveling southbound on Santa Anita Avenue.

The teen was in the No. 1 left turn lane attempting to turn onto Duarte Road. The bicyclist did not complete the turn and pulled out in front of a vehicle traveling in the same lane. The vehicle struck the bicyclist, according to Arcadia Police in a press release.

The Arcadia teen suffered head injuries in the accident. The 26-year-old Arcadia resident behind the wheel of the vehicle was not injured.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident, referring work to the department's Major Accident Investigation Team, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia Police at (626) 574-5150.

Chan Kim October 24, 2012 at 06:01 AM
Poor kid. I didn't know him well, but I saw him at the library often. Even in a "nice" town like Arcadia, the unexpected still happens. We all have to be careful. I feel bad for his parents. It is a sad day today.
Marg October 24, 2012 at 06:27 AM
It wasn't so long ago a young woman was hit and killed while in a crosswalk in Arcadia. People need to realize those streets are where students are crossing or walking/riding to and from school. Slow down and keep your eyes peeled for them, folks. Horrible news for that family :(
David McKinley October 24, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Rest in Peace Roger. I love and will always miss you man. -David "lil rev" McKinley
Chris Ziegler October 25, 2012 at 09:12 PM
That's horrible news - My most sincere condolences to the family and friends. May I kindly suggest that Roger's passing be a turning point in the community? How about a campaign of education (and not just the same old, 'wear a helmet' advice) but a coherent comprehensive program that explains what happened and what actions a bicyclist can employ to prevent this from happening again. Bicycling is making a resurgence (as it should) so if we do nothing to prevent more of these incidents then we will likely see more needless tragedy.
Chris Ziegler October 25, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Just read about the incident in the Star News, indicated the cyclist was safely in the left run lane and then moved in to the #1 through lane when the through traffic light cycled green. If this is a case where the traffic light control devices did not detect the presence of the bicyclist and failed to change the red light to green appropriately, then the city of Arcadia may be partially liable. It will all depend on the date of the last upgrade to that intersection. Additonally, I smelled traces of smear campaign against the bicyclist in the story: 1) The article touched on the school attendance record of the student 2) Mentioned the bicyclist rode a "fixie" and didn't wear a helmet None of those details have any relevance to the collision but invoke significant bias by portions of the public - Helmets are designed to protect against 14 MPH impacts with the ground not a 35 MPH impact with a motor vehicle. I hope someone on the side of the victim has retrieved video on this intersection


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