Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release

Date Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
Phone (951) 826-5147

Young driver collides with bicyclist

Riverside, Ca- A 17-year-old male driver lost control of his car Wednesday morning, crashing into a concrete block wall and seriously injuring a bicyclist.

At 7:40 a.m., the youth was traveling southbound on Tyler Street, just west of Norte Vista High School. According to initial reports, the driver was adjusting his car stereo when the front left tire of his green 1995 Honda Civic struck a low-profile median structure, breaking the front wheel assembly. The car careened to the right, off the median and into a concrete block wall in front of a residence at the corner of Tyler and Gaylord Street, and then plowing into a bicyclist who had been riding northbound on the sidewalk.

The carís right front wheel disintegrated on impact with the wall. The bicyclist was thrown onto the hood, windshield and roof structure of the car before he fell into the street with two broken legs and head injuries. The bicyclist, Kendall Beck, 21, of Riverside, was taken by ambulance to Riverside Community Hospital.

The teenage driver, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, is a student at Woodcrest Christian High School. He was not injured; he had no passengers. Speed appears to be consistent with the posted 40 mph limit for the roadway.

Anyone with information helpful to this investigation is urged to call Riverside Police Detective Ken Madsen at (951) 353-7989.