CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A 16-year-old boy struck by a car while riding his bike through a Chula Vista intersection was hospitalized, as was a child riding in the car that hit him, police said.
Police say the accident could have been prevented.
The boy was not wearing a helmet when he was struck by the southbound car at the intersection of Third Avenue and Orange Avenue around 6:10 p.m. Wednesday when he was trying to cross the street, according to Chula Vista police.
"When first officers got here he was talking, but he was disoriented and didn't know what had happened," Fritz Reber, Chula Vista Police said.
He was hospitalized with severe head injuries in the crash.
The driver of the car and an infant riding in the back seat were not hurt in the crash, but the juvenile front seat passenger was cut by glass from the shattered windshield, police said.
Police say the type of bike he was riding, doesn't have brakes and can only be stopped by not pedaling.
They aren't sure who had the right-of-way, but say the teen might not have been paying attention and couldn't stop in time before he was hit.
No word on his condition.