A male juvenile bike rider was left in critical condition with severe head injuries this morning after colliding with a vehicle in a busy Glassell Park intersection. The bike rider heading westbound on San Fernando Road was making a left turn at Fletcher Drive when he was struck by a vehicle and dragged a short distance, said Detective Michael Kaden with the LAPD Central Traffic Division. The young bike rider, who attempted to make the turn on a yellow light, was not wearing a helmet, Kaden noted.
One passing motorist said northbound Fletcher was blocked off at about 9.a.m. as officers investigated the incident. A mangled red bike remained at the scene.
* Update: The rider is a student at the Alliance Environmental Science and Technology High School, which is located in the former Van De Kamps bakery near the accident scene, said Howard Lappin, Chief of Staff with Alliance Schools, which operates the charter campus. Lappin said privacy policies prevented him from disclosing the age or grade of the student involved in the accident.
Students have in the past been advised to wear bike helmets and that message will be reinforced, said Lappin, who estimates that about a dozen students bike ride to school on a regular basis. “We are really concerned,” Lappin said of the injured student