A Graham Middle School student on a bicycle was taken to the hospital with serious injuries Friday afternoon after he collided with a Mountain View Community Shuttle on Castro Street.
The injured boy was taken to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto and is expected to recover, according to an email from school official Lisset Tellez.
Police received reports of a bicyclist lying in the roadway around 3:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, near the intersection of El Camino Real and Castro, not far from Graham school. The boy was reportedly riding alongside the shuttle for some time before colliding with the vehicle, according to Mountain View police spokeswoman Katie Nelson. It appears he lost control of his bicycle before colliding with the shuttle, she said.
The bicyclist was the only person injured in the accident, Nelson said.
In her message to Graham families, Tellez said counselors from the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) would be available this week to talk to students upset by the incident. The school will also be hosting bicycle safety assemblies during its upcoming conference week, she said in the email. Parents were asked to address any questions to Principal Kim Thompson.
Drugs and alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision, and the shuttle was driving at a normal speed, Nelson said.