SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A bicyclist who was killed in a collision with a car Tuesday evening in San Jose was a 17-year-old boy, police said Wednesday.

The collision was reported at 6:54 p.m. Tuesday near the corner of Vista Park Drive and Branham Lane.

The teen was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries a short time later, police said. His name has not yet been released.

The driver of the car remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, police said.

Detectives from the Police Department’s traffic investigations unit are handling the case, police said.

So far in San Jose this year, there have been 40 traffic-related fatalities, 25 of them have involved pedestrians or bicyclists.

“It is a rather high year. It is something we’re concerned about and trying to get the message out to the public to just be very cautious,” said San Jose police spokeswoman Heather Randol. “Drivers just need to be aware when they’re travelling in areas with a high amount of pedestrian traffic.”

Randol advised pedestrians to keep their eyes open, be aware of their surroundings, and to make sure they are driving the speed limit in order to operate their bikes in a safe manner.

“Pedestrians need to be aware when they’re crossing the street. Try to use controlled intersections, make sure the drivers see you,” Randol said.
Police are asking anyone with information about the collision to call the department at (408) 277-4654.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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