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Investigation: Bicyclist Failed to Yield to Fire Engine

The morning of Nov. 18, an engine crew was leaving Murrieta Fire Station No. 2 to respond to an emergency when the “minor, very low speed impact with a bicyclist” occurred.

Murrieta fire engine (Patch file photo)
Murrieta fire engine (Patch file photo)

An investigation into an incident in which a Murrieta fire engine collided with a bicyclist has determined that the bicyclist failed to yield.

The morning of Nov. 18, an engine crew was leaving Murrieta Fire Station No. 2, at 40060 California Oaks Road, to respond to an emergency when the “minor, very low speed impact with a bicyclist” occurred, according to the Murrieta Fire Department.

The bicyclist, a teen boy who was traveling westbound on California Oaks toward Shivela Middle School, suffered very minor injuries, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Nathan Baer.

"He had a complaint of pain to his knee," Baer said that day, noting the boy was taken to Inland Valley Regional Medical Center because his parents were not present.

Because fire engines are commercial vehicles, the accident investigation fell under the jurisdiction of California Highway Patrol.

Click here to read Patch’s previous report regarding the incident.

On Tuesday, Murrieta Fire Department Spokesman Matt Corelli issued this statement:

“...As promised after the incident, a release explaining the events was to be completed at the conclusion of the California Highway Patrol investigation. The investigation has concluded that the bicyclist failed to yield to the fire engine as it obligated to do just as a car would upon approaching an emergency vehicle responding with lights and sirens.

“The result of the investigation also made no recommendations for future action, but stressed the importance of any vehicle, including bicyclist to yield the right of way to emergency vehicles responding to emergencies. The area where the accident occurred is very busy with cars, bicyclist, and pedestrians, and that, combined with a busy fire station requires all to use caution.

“The Murrieta Fire Department responds to almost 7,000 calls for service per year and strives to safely and efficiently deliver the best possible service to the community. We ask that the public stay alert when they hear emergency sirens and do their best to safely yield to emergency vehicles.”

Justice For All December 11, 2013 at 04:34 PM
I think the kid is a little more likely to experience any PTSD. Fortunately, kids are pretty resilient and this will probably just make him king of the school yard and eventually turn into an exaggerated story he will tell his children. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Beyond the initial shock to the fire truck crew, I'm sure they were significantly relieved when it was discovered that the kid only had a skinned knee. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Regardless, I'm sure there were several pairs of undershorts that were thrown away that day.
all-c-ing-eye December 11, 2013 at 05:14 PM
A teen age kid on a bike is unaware of a big massive loud fire engine? Do you need something the size of the Titanic to be aware of its presence? On defense of the kid, he's a minor and does not have a drivers license and its always questionable as to how much knowledge of the road he or she might have. As the article mentions he might have misunderstood what he was to do. No one hurt seriously and thats good but a better idea is when you see something and you arnt sure what to do, dont expect the other driver to know what your doing either.

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