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San Jose Teen Bicyclist Killed in Collision with SUV

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the teenage bicyclist killed while pedaling through an intersection in San Jose.

The 17-year-old victim, who has not been identified, was biking through the intersection of Branham Lane and Vistapark Drive around 7 p.m. when he was struck by a silver Toyota RAV-4. The bicyclist was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the SUV stayed at the scene. Witnesses noted damage to the vehicle’s front passenger fender and a shattered windshield. The victim’s shoes were seen on top of a mangled rear rim. The victim’s bicycle, a damaged single-speed, was seen nearby.

The accident was San Jose’s 40th fatal traffic collision of 2013, and the 25th involving a bicycle or pedestrian. The number of deaths is the highest in nearly a decade, according to San Jose police.

Anyone with information about the collision is urged to contact investigators at (408) 277-4653. Anonymous tips can be made to Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867 or http://www.tipsubmit.com

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