Cops: Cyclist, 14, At Fault in Fatal Redwood City Crash

A dead girl is blamed for her own death.

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, Mar 22, 2013  |  Updated 1:39 PM PDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
The Bicycle Belles of the DFF

daquellamanera, Flickr

FILE ART - A generic bicycle, not the one in question

Photos and Videos
More Photos and Videos

A 14-year old bicyclist killed while riding her bike to school was at fault in the accident, according to Redwood City authorities, who will not pursue charges against the motorist involved in the accident.

Leyla Beban, 14, was struck and killed by a GMC pickup truck while she and the truck both were trying to make a right turn onto Alameda De Las Pulgas at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 26, according to the San Mateo County Times.

She was in a bike lane, but hit the truck as the bicycle and the vehicle made the turn, and was run over, the newspaper reported.

The conclusion was rejected by Beban's family, who said they will conduct their own probe, the newspaper reported.

Investigators say that Leyla, who was following behind the truck, which was in a right-hand turn lane with its blinker on, should have allowed the truck to turn before attempting her own turn. There's a narrowing space between curb and lane that gets smaller as the intersection nears, and she evidently ran out of room and was struck, the newspaper reported.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Bay Area Proud
Bay Area Proud is NBC Bay... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out