Anaheim – A 15-year-old boy was taken to the hospital in critical condition after he was struck by a minivan while riding his bike near Brookhurst Street and Ball Road shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday. Authorities said the boy was in critical, but stable condition at 8 a.m. Monday.
Police are looking for the hit-and-run driver this morning.
Witnesses told police the van, a gray, possibly, a Dodge Caravan, was driving erratically, swerved and struck the cyclist, said Sgt. Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department. “The van continued driving erratically after striking the cyclist,” Wyatt said.
Witnesses also told police that the driver, described as a Hispanic man in his 30s or 40s, did not stop or slow down after the collision.
Witnesses told police the cyclist was riding southbound on Brookhurst in the bike lane. He was wearing a bike helmet.
“The van is going to have front-end damage consistent with hitting a bicyclist,” Wyatt said.
Police were quick to point out that drivers should always stop and wait for officers after incidents like this. “An accident is an accident,” Wyatt said. “Even if you’re at fault, penalties are going to be a lot worse if you flee the scene.”
Anyone with information on the incident can contact The Anaheim Police Department 714-765-1900. Anyone who wants to remain anonymous can call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227).
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