ALAMEDA (KCBS) – Teachers and students at an Alameda middle school Wednesday were mourning the death of a 12-year-old student who was killed while riding his bike Monday afternoon.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

Brandon Sorensen was riding his bike at Santa Clara Avenue and Everett Street just before 4 p.m. when he was hit by an SUV.  He was taken to Children’s Hospital in Oakland where he was pronounced dead.

Police aren’t sure what caused the accident. The driver, who is cooperating fully with police, has not been cited.

Counselors were on hand at Lincoln Middle School to help students and faculty. Many students said that this tragedy will make them more vigilant about bicycle safety.

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Comments (12)
  1. FugFuu says:

    Wow that is jsut so sad. Such a tragic and avoidable loss.

  2. A MOM says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends as well as with the students and staff who must now mourn an early loss of such a young soul. May peace be with you all, and with this tragedy open the eyes of bicyclists and drivers alike, please be aware! This doesn’t have to happen again.

  3. Laura says:

    This is so sad. I have a child who was a classmate and it really makes you take pause. This happened a block from my house. I am feeling sympathy for all involved. Please pay attention to kids on the roadway.

  4. Jim Bob says:

    That’s sad. In a lot of cases, drivers of autos don’t care much about pedestrians. Sadley enough, a lot of these cases could have been avoided by the pedestrian. Riding a bicycle on the side of the road can be dangerous for anyone, and is not a good place to practice overconfidence.

  5. Jim Bob says:

    Can a Mod change “Sadley”, to “sadly” please???

    Jim Bob

  6. My heart goes out to Brandon Sorensen’s family and friends. As a parent the loss of your child is totally unimaginable and something you could never think would happen to you. I don’t know what led to this most tragic accident, but my heart also goes out to the family and friends of the driver and the driver as well. As a driver this is also something totally unimaginable and something you could never think would happen to you. I wish both families healing and peace. Cindi Silva

  7. Warren Serkin says:

    The Sorensen’s are my next door neighbors and I’ve know Brandon for about 12 years. Great kid, always happy, always smiling. My deepest sympathy and condolences to his family.

  8. RealityCheck says:

    Very tasteful graphic to attach to this tragic story CBS5.r

  9. Sharon Johnson says:

    My heart feels so heavy from hearing this news, as I continue living the reality of going through the loss of a child, twice! We are relatively new to Alameda, three years in July from Colorado. I have been concerned about bicycles and cars. Just the shear numbers. An accident waiting to happen! To the family I am so, so sorry for your loss and the journey you are now set upon, it is surreal and devastating. To the family and friends of the Sorensen’s please surround them with your love and caring, even if you don’t know what to say. Don’t forget to say Brandon’s name, as that is a bereaved parents worst fear, that people will forget their child as the years go by. We don’t! Grieving is forever The friends and family who stand with them through the years have a special place in the parents hearts. Their immediate needs could include food running errands, doing chores. If you feel close enough to the family, don’t ask, just do it. They are in shock and may not be able to make simple decisions. It has been 121/2 years since our 16 year old daughter was killed in a car accident and we have continued to live bur it is a hard journey and we will always mourn her.She was our sunshine! My thoughts are with the family and their terrible loss of Brandon.

  10. Alameda Girl says:

    I do not get why this driver was not cited! First off, they were obviously speeding, in the rain, for that street has a speed limit of 20mph. and there are 4 stop signs at that intersection. I knew Brandon Sorenson like a little brother, he really was a special kid who could have changed the world, but now he can not do much. RIP brandon.

  11. K says:

    Alameda Police are not doing their job, this is another and preventative event that has taken the life of an innocent child.

    I noticed the article didn’t mention where the parents were, was he riding his bikke alone. Santa Clara Ave is a very busy street, stop signs and lights.

    Why was the driver not sighted is a good question – why did they not see him, an were their any withnesses? I think regardless if a driver is at fault or not, they should be required to do community service at a youth center, or school, and should be put on probation for reckless driving.

    If the cops care about the citizens of Alameda thay would be patrolling more, what happened to walking the beat – would save the city money and bring back the community feeling like we feel safe crossing the street and riding our bikes.

    1. tn says:

      To K: You forget 3 real words- “Lack of funds.” Think before you write. And believe it or not, the driver was actually sighted. Whether she was cited, is another issue. I ask this one question: if you live in Alameda, based on what you said and believe that there should be much more police presence walking the beat and “protecting” our neighborhood, would you as much be in favor of putting your money where your keyboard is and support something like a $500/year added property tax fee, or another 1-2% sales tax increase for Alameda safety? Keep in mind, with struggling businesses, these added fees will probably negatively affect commerce and employment even more. Which may bring the crime levels even higher.
      That being said, continued prayers to the Sorensen family and Alamedans.

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