The Orange Police Department is reporting that a three-year old boy was killed riding his bike in the Orange County city last night.
According to the department, the boy was stuck by a pickup driver at 1931 East Meats Ave in the Orange Mobile Home Park around 7:19 pm.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, despite the efforts of police officers to save him.
The 23-year old woman behind the wheel remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators; police do not suspect drug or alcohol use.
Unfortunately, no description was given on just how the crash occurred. There’s no word on whether the boy was riding in the street, on the sidewalk, or some other area.
The Los Angeles Times describes the killer vehicle as a Dodge Ram, no model or year given.
However, even the smallest models have a high grill that could have prevented the driver from seeing a small child directly in front of the truck. If it was a larger model, or if it was raised at all, it could have been virtually impossible to see the victim under the best of conditions, let alone at dusk.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Orange Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team at 714/744-7444.
This is at least the 40th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the tenth that I’m aware of in Orange County.
It may also be the saddest one yet.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and his family and loved ones.
Thanks to John Damman for the heads-up.