Pacifica Boy On Bicycle Hit By Car, Killed

PACIFICA (CBS SF) – A Pacifica boy died after being struck by a car while riding a bike on Friday afternoon.

The accident occurred around 5 p.m. in the 100 block of Palmetto Avenue between Esplanade Avenue and Westline Drive.

Responding Pacifica police officers and paramedics performed CPR on the 15-year old Pacifica resident until he regained a heartbeat, police said. He was then taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he died Saturday as a result of his injuries.

He has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner’s office as Kijana Crossley.

Crossley, a student at Oceana High School, died of massive head trauma and was declared brain dead, Pacifica police Capt. Dave Bertini said. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Police are continuing to investigate the collision but the preliminary report suggests Crossley may have been at fault, according to Bertini.

Bertini said the driver and Crossley were both heading north on Palmetto Avenue when Crossley swerved in front of the car and was struck.

“It was a tragic accident,” Bertini said.

The driver of the car that struck Crossley and a witness gave the same statement about the accident, police said. Investigators also spoke with two other people who arrived just after the accident occurred.

Crossley’s parents were at San Francisco General Hospital when their son passed away, he said.

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  • jk

    Pacifica Boy On Bicycle Hit By Car, Killed
    July 25, 2011 3:42 PM

    The accident occurred around 5 p.m. in the 100 block of Palmetto Avenue between Esplanade Avenue and Westline Drive.

    are we living on a different time zone?

    • Kitty Lee

      last friday.

  • Equal Wheels

    I’m so sorry this had to happen, we’re supposed to die BEFORE our children.
    If you operate a motor vehicle in California and have issues with cyclists then visit “Equal Wheels” on Facebook.

  • Ben

    Do parents even tell their children to watch for cars anymore? It was a mantra when I was growing up. You see kids riding around on bicycles behaving as though cars don’t even exist. Actually, adults too, which may be the root of the problem.

    It seems that the cycling community is telling them that they’re entitled to the road when they should be hearing that cars=death if you’re on a bicycle. My sympathies to the family, this was a senseless tragedy.

  • Eddie

    This was a terrible accident, but sounds like it was just that: an accident. A helmet might have saved his life, so I think people need to be better educated about safety. I ride a bicycle, but I’ve noticed when I’m driving that although many cyclists claim they want the same rights as car drivers, they constantly just zip right through the red lights. It’s hard to resist when I’m on a bike, too, but if we want to have bike lanes and drive with cars, we have to be careful – none of our bikes weighs 2 + tons.

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