A 9-year-old boy is now in stable condition at Children's Hospital in Oakland after being hit by a minivan on West Las Positas Boulevard Thursday morning, according to police.
Police said the boy was riding his bike to Fairlands Elementary School along the north sidewalk of West Las Positas Boulevard at about 7:50 a.m. A woman in her 50s reportedly looked right then left before turning right out of the ValleyCare Medical Center parking lot. Witnesses confirmed that the driver stopped and looked both ways, police said.
Lt. Tom Fenner said the boy was hit by the front tire of the minivan and sustained severe lower leg injuries. Medical response crews decided the severity of his injuries was enough to send him to Oakland instead of at the hospital at the scene.
"He was in overnight and had some surgery," Fenner said. "He should be released today or tomorrow."
He also added that some trees could have hindered the view down West Las Positas Boulevard towards Owens Drive and that in between looking right and turning right, the child on the bicycle could have covered a lot of ground.
This is the third incident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle. A 59-year-old Fremont woman was killed at Old Santa Rita Road and Rosewood Avenue July 28 and a 51-year-old woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition May 22 after she was hit by an SUV at the intersection of First and Neal streets downtown.
Fenner said the problem in this and the recent collisions is that there was no eye contact made between the pedestrian and the driver and actions were based on assumptions. He encouraged drivers to look right more than once and for both drivers and pedestrians to make eye contact with each other before proceeding.
At this time, there have been no charges filed against the driver.