Young bicyclist struck, injured, by SUV in Santa Fe Springs

SANTA FE SPRINGS — A 13-year-old boy suffered major injuries Saturday after he was struck by an SUV while crossing Florence Avenue on a bicycle, authorities said.
The collision was reported about 3:30 p.m. on Florence Avenue, near Ringwood Avenue, Whittier police Lt. Randy Inman said.
The young bicyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, was riding northbound across the street mid-block, without a crosswalk, when he was struck by the SUV, which was westbound on Florence Avenue at about 40 mph, the lieutenant said.
Officials rushed the injured boy to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center where he underwent surgery late Saturday.
The driver of the SUV, a man in his mid-60s, was not initially cited or arrested in connection with the collision, Inman said.
The investigation was ongoing.
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  • Poor kid. I hope he quickly recovers from his injuries.

    This should serve as a reminder to parents who should always remind their kids to wear helmets each time they ride their bicycles.