Young bicyclist struck by truck on Greenwood Road

Police said 14-year-old girl didn't sustain major injuries

A 14-year-old Pleasanton girl is reportedly still in the hospital after being hit by a truck near Harvest Park Middle School Wednesday evening.

Traffic Officer Marty Billdt said the girl is under observation at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, but didn't have any broken bones or other major injuries.

Reports state that around 5:30 p.m. a Dodge pickup truck was traveling southbound on Greenwood Road, south of Valley Avenue, and stopped at a stop sign at Alameda Drive. Upon continuing through the intersection, police said the collision occurred as the bicyclist traveled westbound on Alameda Drive in front of the truck. Billdt said the bicycle was said to have been lodged under the front right tire and it appears that the teen was knocked off the bicycle, but it is unclear at this time if she was run over.

While the bicyclist was wearing a helmet, she was wearing dark clothes and was without lighting equipment required for night riding.

No charges were filed, according to police.

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Posted by Katie
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Dec 10, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I pray that the girl is okay. You are in my prayers!!!

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Posted by Sarah Shue
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Dec 10, 2009 at 8:00 pm

this girls my best friend in the WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD <33 she was leaving from my house :[[

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Posted by gianna
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Dec 10, 2009 at 8:59 pm

i hope she gets well. were all worried

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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 10, 2009 at 11:52 pm

PToWN94566 is a registered user.

I live on a street off Alameda and let me say, that intersection with the new stop signs is poorly lit. It's not wonder that someone was hit. It was a bit strange though to have many police cars, firetrucks and an ambulance all there for one accident. I think there was 4 or 5 police cars- wouldn't two or three have been enough? (Just curious). Hopefully she make a full recovery!

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Posted by Lori
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Dec 11, 2009 at 8:46 am

This is such a tragedy and could have easily have been avoided. It's a shame that no requirements exist for runners and bikers who are out in the street at night. So many of them walk/run/bike in dark clothes, with no way to see them. Reflectors on their shoes or a reflective vest would keep us all safer. I was leaving PMS last night after basketball practice. As soon as I turned onto Case Avenue, an adult man dashed right in front of my car. If I had not been paying VERY close attention, I might have hit him. Please, Please, wear reflective clothes so that you may be seen easier and we will not hit you. No one wants to see another hurt in an accident.

Stay safe!

We are sending prayers to the young woman for complete healing.

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Posted by PTown cyclist
a resident of Del Prado
on Dec 11, 2009 at 8:52 am

I truly hope this girl is better soon!

Lori, there are requirements for riding a bicycle after dark... it's part of the California Vehicle Code. Reflectors visible from the side and at least reflectors visible from the front and back but lights are preferred. As for requirements for pedestrians.... I'm not sure about that.

Hopefully our great community will learn something from this and educate those kids who walk or ride to/from school.

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Posted by jth
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Dec 11, 2009 at 9:17 am

How often do you see someone with a red flashing light on the back of their bike and a headlamp on the front at night? That's the law and if people followed it it would save lives.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 11, 2009 at 2:52 pm

There are so many laws that cyclists fail to obey. Did this person stop for stop signs as required? We know that she did not have on the required safety equipment. I wish her the best recovery but I also hope she (and other cyclists) will learn to OBEY THE LAWS. If the poor driver had killed her he would have to live with that for the rest of his life. Disregarding traffic laws harms not only the riders but those who might injur them as well.

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Posted by Karen Krikorian
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Dec 11, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I love Teera so much! My prayers are with her!

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Posted by Ashleigh A
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Dec 11, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Teera! We love you!
All I know is that it was her turn to go, and that the truck driver was the one who didn't stop.
We were all so worried. Get better fast Teera! We miss you!

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Posted by Nameless
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 11, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Pleasanton Police, please patrol at Greenwood just north of Valley right after school lets out a few minutes after 3pm any weekday. Lots of middle schoolers riding on the wrong side of the road, then darting across to the correct side, often avoiding being hit by vehicles that are following the rules of the road.

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Posted by Nikki Moyers
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Dec 12, 2009 at 8:48 am

You don't truly realize how much you love your best friend until they are hurt.
I LOVE YOU TEERA!!! <3 Get well soon my SISTER! :)
I miss you and you are always in my prayers.

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Posted by Natalie Swanson
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 12, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Please keep Teera in your prayers. Thank you to her youth group for continued prayer as well. She needs them.

Despite what this article says, her injuries are quite severe. If it were not for the grace of God she would be dead. She has internal injuries and fractured ribs that are being treated. Please keep praying for her so that complications/infections/breathing difficulty are minimal.

I was there with her mother that evening when she got the call. A mother's worst nightmare. Nobody should ever have to go through any of this.

She was most definitely run over not once, but twice! She has the road rash to prove it and has an amazing story, that once heard, you will never forget. Thankfully she had her helmet on and is strong enough to endure being run over by a big truck twice.

Oh, and..she dearly misses you too best friend. ; ) She is looking forward to seeing you soon.

Natalie (Teera's Aunt)

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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 14, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Can someone please expand on the statement that the poor little girl was ran over TWICE?

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Dec 15, 2009 at 1:39 am

Possibly meant front and rear tire...

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Posted by curious?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 15, 2009 at 5:50 am

hopefully only a "roumor"? heard that the girl was trying to cross the street and didn't use the crosswalk? Not a good idea, especially in the dark.

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Posted by bel
a resident of Val Vista
on Dec 15, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Glad she got out of that alive and in one piece, hope she has a fast recovery.

Lighting sucks at a lot of areas, I'm just glad this wasn't a lot worse both for the young girl and for the truck driver. Kids need to know that it doesn't matter whos turn it is if the driver doesn't see you. Its better to be overly cautious than to be run over.
Its really important to wear light clothes, have proper reflectors and lights at night.

The city held free bicycle safety class in fall, I don't know when the next one will be but anyone letting their kids ride should look into it, have them take a class to know the proper rules of the road and how to stay safe.

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Posted by Sarah S
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Dec 17, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Teera is my bestest friend in the whole entire world!!!!!
She was leaving from MY house when this happend.
the guy that ran over her 2 TIMES had NO license.
and teera stopped at the stop sign and it was HER turn to go.
she was wearing a bright orange tshirt
and the guy DRAGGED HER 40 FEET and ran over her AGAIN with the 2 BACK TIRES.
he should pay a price for hurting my best friend.
her injuries were survere!!!
this article makes it sound like its HER fault.

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