PEARBLOSSOM – A 12-year-old Llano boy suffered major injuries and had to be airlifted to the hospital Tuesday afternoon, after his bicycle collided with an SUV in a local intersection, authorities said.
The injury collision happened around 2:55 p.m. Tuesday (July 23) in the intersection of Longview Road and Avenue W, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Wheeler.
The boy was riding a BMX-style bicycle eastbound on Avenue W, when he failed to stop at a posted stop sign and pedaled into the Longview Road intersection, moving directly into the path of a 2006 Ford Expedition that was headed southbound on Longview Road, Wheeler stated.
“The driver of the SUV was able to swerve at the last moment, however, it was not enough,” Wheeler said. “She did strike the child on the bike with the front of the vehicle.”
The boy was thrown onto the east roadway edge of Longview Road, Wheeler stated.
The Expedition’s driver – 26-year-old Jana Perea of Pearblossom – stopped to render assistance, and she sought help from passing motorists and residents in the area.
The boy was transported by Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Ambulance to Children’s Hospital with major injuries. He was not wearing a bicycle helmet at the time of the collision, Wheeler stated.
Perea did not sustain any injuries in the collision, and she was released from the scene after a preliminary investigation.
Avenue W is controlled by posted STOP signs with painted limit lines and “STOP” text painted on the pavement. Longview Road is a through roadway with no controls at the intersection.