SJ high school student killed in bicycle accident

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A 16-year-old sophomore at Silver Creek High School in San Jose was killed in a collision with a pickup truck as he biked to school Monday morning, police and the school’s principal said.

The accident was reported at 7:36 a.m. in the area of East Capitol Expressway and Silver Creek Road, about two blocks from the school.

Police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said the teen, who was not wearing a helmet, was riding east on East Capitol Expressway in or near a crosswalk when the bike collided with a white pickup truck traveling north on Silver Creek.

Emergency responders performed CPR on the teen at the scene, then transported him to a hospital, where he died at 8:10 a.m., police said.

At about 9:45 a.m., the victim’s white fixed-gear bicycle was still in the crosswalk, along with two gray tennis shoes and a brown backpack.

Silver Creek High School Principal Adolfo Laguna said grief counselors have been brought to the school Monday morning to help students cope with the news.

Police are still looking into the circumstances of the collision, including who had the right-of-way.

Dwyer said the driver of the pickup truck stopped at the scene and cooperated with police, and has not been cited.

The driver, a bald man dressed in jeans, a white T-shirt and work boots, said he was driving through the intersection on a green light on his way to work when the teen rode into the side of his Ford F-150 truck.

“That was something terrible,” he said. “I don’t ever want to

relive that.”

The driver, who declined to give his name, said that afterward, police took him to undergo blood, saliva and urine tests, then returned him to the scene.

Police released him and he drove off at about 11:10 a.m. There was a dent on the front of the driver’s side of the pickup truck.

Silver Creek Road was shut down between East Capitol Expressway and Daniel Maloney Drive, and the eastbound lanes of East Capitol Expressway were closed.

“This is one of our busiest intersections,” police Officer Albert Morales said.

Morales said there have been nine traffic fatalities so far this year involving bicyclists or pedestrians. Last year, he said, there were 12 total.

“We’re on pace to surpass that,” he said.

He also noted that bicyclists under the age of 18 are required by law to wear a helmet.

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