Boy on Bike Hit, Killed by Car in Murrieta

"[Witnesses] reported to us hearing a noise, looking that direction, and seeing the boy go down on the roadway," police told Murrieta Patch.

Approximate location of crash.  Courtesy: Google Maps
Approximate location of crash. Courtesy: Google Maps
A teenage boy riding his bike in Murrieta was hit and killed by a car Friday, police tell Patch.

The boy-- just 13-years-old-- was riding his bicycle in the area of Las Brisas Road and Bolina Drive when he was hit around 4:05 p.m., according to Murrieta Police Sgt. Jay Froboese.

"At this point, we don't know who is going to be at fault or exactly what happened, but there was a vehicle westbound on Las Brisas which hit the boy who came southbound on Bolina," he said via telephone Friday evening.

A woman and her sister were in the car which struck the boy, who told police that they couldn't stop in time when the boy appeared suddenly.  There was no crosswalk there, nor a stop sign for the vehicle, according to Froboese.

"We had a number of witnesses," the sergeant told Patch.  "They reported to us hearing a noise, looking that direction, and seeing the boy go down on the roadway, but nobody actually saw the accident occur."

The sergeant said that, at this time, police believe the vehicle was going the posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour.  Alcohol or drugs are not believed to be involved in any way, he added.

The boy, whose identity is not being released at this time, was taken to Rancho Springs Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to Froboese.

This crash marks for the second deadly collision involving a pedestrian in Murrieta in one day— something that Froboese says is very rare for the city.

"This is very unusual for us," he said. "We average one, maybe two, in a year.  To have two in the same day is highly unusual in this city." 

Sam Sheridan Graves February 28, 2014 at 04:41 PM
My heart is broken, and my prayers are with my friends. I love you guys and the thought of what you are enduring can only be softened by the knowledge that God will carry us through this ordeal. Sam
Babybear March 06, 2014 at 01:57 AM
This entire conversation brings to mind something that has been bothering me lately. Every day I see more and more kids playing in the street in my neighborhood. While parents do put up signs to "go slow children at play" it always maked me feel uncomfortable when I drive because many of the kids are very young and unsupervised. I chose a family oriented area and am glad I live in one however the kids seem to be taking over the streets and only move out of the way at the last minute when they spot a car. All it takes is someone not seeing them or a blind curve or a kid who doesnt run out of the way in time and another tragedy is sure to happen. I just dont understand why since we live in a region with huge lots of land and fenced in yards that so many parents are allowing the kids to play right in the middle of the road. What can I as a safe driver who is concerned about these kids do before someone accidently gets hurt?
ChrisG March 06, 2014 at 07:34 AM
@babybear, besides driving the speed limit or slower in neighborhoods you can honk your horn whenever you see kids in the street to make sure they see you. I've seen a sign like that in my neighborhood. It is also on a double curve. Parents are idiots to let their kids play there.
Betty Faith March 06, 2014 at 12:33 PM
@babybear I agree that parents should be more careful with their children but kids are kids and our son was not playing out in the street he was riding his bike to a friend's house and it was just a tragic accident. His dad always told him to be careful when riding his bike but there is only so much we can do with our kids we can't keep them locked up or in a bubble forever
ChrisG March 06, 2014 at 01:01 PM
@betty, I just reread my last comment. Please know I was not speaking of your circumstance but a specific case in my neighborhood. My wife and I wish your family the very best.


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