Boy in Critical Condition After Being Hit By Car While Riding Bike

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A 13-year-old boy is in critical condition at Oakland’s Children Hospital after being hit by a car while riding his bike Thursday afternoon, the said in a press release.

The bicyclist was with four other boys who were walking westbound on Bollinger Canyon Road. The 13-year-old boy was slightly ahead of the other boys when he entered the crosswalk at the Bollinger Canyon and I-680 on-ramp intersection.

A small passenger car, traveling eastbound, entered the intersection and struck the 13-year-old. Police received a report of the accident at about 2:07 p.m.

The boy sustained serious head injuries and was airlifted to Children's Hospital. He had a helmet with him but was not wearing it.

The 13-year-old's parents are with their son at the hospital.

The driver was not hurt and is currently cooperating with police, and no criminal charges are expected to be filed, Lt. Mike Boehrer said.

The San Ramon Police Department traffic division is conducting a major injury investigation.

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Janice P Ellis March 18, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I remember Dallas too, Westsider. He had been a classmate of my daughter's when they attended Montevideo Elementary. Accidently hitting someone, particularly a child, is pretty much every driver's nightmare. It's just more and more of a challenge when we get behind the wheel to stay safe. Just yesterday, I had the unfortunate experience of having to drive up Bollinger towards Canyon Lakes in the next lane and one car length back of this MONSTER of a limo. There was no way I was going to get stuck between that limo and the iron fencing, so I hung back all the way up Bollinger. Sure enough, the limo started veering into my lane...repeatedly, which indicated that the driver was texting. I think of Dallas every time I drive up Bollinger. I really hope this young boy makes a full recovery. Let's not forget to say a prayer for the driver also, especially since someone here commented that the driver was really distraught at the scene. Some things in life that happen to us are very, very difficult to get over, if we can manage to get over them at all.
misqrd March 18, 2012 at 06:29 PM
My prayers go out to the boy and his family. My cousin was fatally struck and killed a little over a month ago in Berkeley. He too was not wearing a helmet and was riding his skateboard in the street. Although the investigation is not complete, had my cousin been wearing a helmet and NOT riding his skateboard in the street the outcome would have been very different. I told him countless times to wear a helmet and shared with him injuries I have seen (I am a Pediatric OR Nurse) of children/teens who didn't wear appropriate safety gear. Despite his choices, whether right or wrong, doesn't take away the anguish and pain we are experiencing and will continue to experience forever. Having recently gone through this and dealing with it in a public arena such as this, PLEASE be kind, respectful, and non-judgemental to not only the boy and his family but the driver as well. Unless you were there, knew the boy, his family, or driver please do not make hurtful assumptions. What has helped me and my family when reading forums like this is to pose questions, offer suggestions and support, and raise awareness to help prevent another accident like this to happen.
misqrd March 19, 2012 at 12:25 AM
And ironically a Prius is what struck and killed my cousin on a residential street. I somehow didn't see that detail when originally reading the comments. Wow, I just got chills. This really hits close to home!
Mark March 19, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Ashley, please get control of your emotions. No one is making light of this situation or placing blame on anyone. We are trying to have a reasonable discussion to show compassion and figure out what can be done to reduce the possibility of this happening again. The personal attacks are not helping anyone here.
Dan Perez March 19, 2012 at 05:36 AM
The comments about people texting while driving give me the chills. I, too, see cars swaying in the lanes once in a while, but didn't put it together. It's a recipe for disaster, especially in a town like San Ramon where there are lots of schools and kids. There needs to be public service announcements about the dangers of using your cell phone while driving. I'm pretty sure that a lot of people aren't aware of the new law that recently passed requiring cell phone use while driving to be totally hands-free. Parents should set an example to their teens and not talk on the phone while driving. Hoping that the child in this unfortunate accident makes a speedy recovery.


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