A 13-year old boy was killed in a Fontana crash yesterday afternoon.
According to the Fontana Herald News, the victim was riding against traffic in the eastbound lane of Merrill Ave in Fontana, east of Hemlock Ave, just before 1 pm when he allegedly fell in front of an oncoming driver.
The driver attempted to swerve, but struck him with the right rear of her car.
He was taken to Loma Linda University Hospital with head trauma, where he was pronounced dead 45 minutes later.
He has not been publicly identified.
There’s no mention of whether he was wearing a helmet, as required by law for anyone under 18. In this case, it may matter since he apparently died of a head injury.
The driver stayed at the scene. No word on how fast she was going.
A street view shows a narrow two-lane roadway with a dirt shoulder on the eastbound side.
This is at least the eleventh bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the second I’m aware of in San Bernardino County.
Somehow, it always seems sadder when the victim is a child.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and all her loved ones.