Every death is tragic.
But it always hits harder when the victim is a kid.
That was the case in Corona yesterday, where KTLA-5 reports that a 13-year old boy was killed when he was struck by a driver Thursday afternoon.
According to a press release from the Corona Police Department, the victim was riding his bike at West Citron Street and South Lincoln Avenue when he was run down by a motorist, who has not been publicly identified, around 4:32 pm.
He died after being taken to a local hospital.
The Riverside County coroner identified the boy as 13-year old Corona resident Edward Vazquez.
The driver remained at the scene, and police don’t suspect drug or alcohol use.
Unfortunately, there’s no word on how the collision occurred, or who might have had the right of way at the signalized intersection; there are no bike lanes or any other bike infrastructure in any direction.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Traffic Officer Johnathan Drylie at 951/817-5784, or at Johnathan.Drylie@Coronaca.gov.
This is at least the fourth bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the second that I’m aware of in Riverside County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Edward Vazquez and all his family and loved ones.