Any traffic death is heartbreaking. But it always seems worse when it’s a child.
Word is just coming in that a nine-year old boy was killed while riding his bike in Irvine this afternoon.
According to a press release from the Irvine Police Department, the victim, who has not been publicly identified, was hit by a van at 3:15 pm at the intersection of Roosevelt and Bay Tree. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead just 20 minutes later.
The 57-year old driver remained at the scene.
No other information is available at this time.
A satellite view shows a residential neighborhood with four lane divided roadway in each direction, with a bike lane on Roosevelt and three parks within a four block radius.
Anyone with information is urged to contact IPD Traffic Sergeant Matt August at 949/724-7023.
This is the 70th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 17th in Orange County this year.
Update: The Orange County Coroner has identified the victim as Keven Jiang, who lived in Irvine.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the Keven Jiang and all his loved ones.
Thanks to David Huntsman for the link.