LANCASTER – A 14-year-old boy crossing the street to his school bus stop was struck and killed by a car that tried to pass the school bus in Lancaster Friday morning, authorities said.
The fatal collision happened around 6:10 a.m. on Avenue J, just east of 140th Street East, according a California Highway Patrol report.
Gage Rossi was crossing Avenue J in a southerly direction when he was struck by a 2014 Kia Forte driven by 66-year-old Cecilio Lopez Navarro of Riverdale, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
Navarro was driving eastbound on Avenue J behind a school bus at approximately 50 to 55 miles per hour, when the school bus slowed down and pulled to the right shoulder on Avenue J, the CHP report states.
Navarro slowed down to about 35 mph to pass the school bus, and as he passed the school bus, Rossi crossed the street directly into the path of Navarro’s vehicle, according to the CHP report.
Rossi died at the scene, the CHP report states.
Authorities have not yet been determined if the stop sign and lights on the bus were activated at the time of the traffic collision.
“An inspection of the stop sign and lights was conducted at the scene and they appeared to be working properly,” the CHP report states.
This traffic collision is still under investigation, and alcohol is not suspected to be a factor, the CHP report states. Navarro was not arrested or cited in connection with the collision.