E-bicycle riders charging through intersection are struck by vehicle

Two boys were hospitalized with significant but apparently non-life-threatening injuries after the electric bicycle they were riding was involved in a collision with a vehicle on May 20 in Simi Valley.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. last Saturday, Simi Valley Police Department officers responded to a call about the collision in the area of Walnut Street and Galveston Avenue.

According to police reports, the two male youths were riding an electric bicycle south on Galveston Avenue when they did not stop for a stop sign at Walnut Street.

As they continued through the intersection, they were struck by a vehicle heading east on Walnut.

Based on evidence at the scene and witness statements, it appears the vehicle was traveling at or below the posted speed limit when the crash occurred.

Neither of the riders on the e-bike were wearing helmets, police said.

The two boys were transported to the hospital for injuries.

The adult male driver of the vehicle and his female passenger were not injured.

In California, the vehicle code stipulates that anyone younger than 18 must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle or e-bike, SVPD officials said.

Cyclists must also ride on the correct side of the roadway, stop at stop signs and obey all other traffic control devices.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has further information should contact SVPD traffic officer Brett Suliga at (805) 583-6180.

Acorn staff reports