Another bike rider has been killed in Pacoima, the second in less than a month.
Just three weeks after a still-publicly unidentified rider was killed crossing Foothill Blvd, a teenage boy has lost his life as a result of a collision between two motorists.
The victim was riding near the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Vaughn Street around 7:30 am when a pickup and SUV collided, and he became trapped under the truck.
He died at the scene shortly after being freed from the truck by LA firefighters.
A woman driving one of the vehicles was transported to a local hospital in good condition after suffering a minor injury.
Unfortunately, no other details are available at this time. There’s no word on how the collision occurred or where the victim was riding at the time of the crash. However, given the hour, it’s likely he was riding to school; the crash occurred just one block from a charter school.
A street view shows two lanes in both direction on Glenoaks, with a center left turn lane and bike lanes in both directions; Vaughn is a two lane residential street with the intersection controlled with a red light.
This is the 69th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 29th in Los Angeles County; it’s also the 10th in the City of Los Angeles.
Update: The LAPD reports the collision occurred when one of the vehicles allegedly ran the red light on Glenoaks and crashed into the other as it traveled west on Vaughn with the green light.
The force of the impact knocked them into the south crosswalk, where they crashed into the victim as he was riding west with the light.
Update 2: The victim has been identified as 15-year old San Fernando resident Samuel Lopez; as suspected, he was a 10th grade student on his way to school at Vaughn Next Century Learning Center.
Update 3: As a comment from Meliss points out, his name has been corrected to Saul Lopez.
KNBC-4 offers a touching report on Saul and his death, while a GoFundMe account has raised nearly $27,000 in just one day, far surpassing the $15,000 goal.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Saul Lopez and all his loved ones.
What a horrible thing. My heart goes out to the young man’s loved ones.
His name was actually Saul Lopez, a sophomore At Vaughn Charter. My deepest Condolences for his family.
Our prayers go up for the family and friends of young Mr. Lopez.
#R.I.P SAUL LOPEZ MY HEART AND MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ❤♱☥