UPDATED: Teen Cyclist Suffers Head Injuries in Collision With Motorist

Officers are continuing to investigate the accident.

UPDATE, Oct. 21, 1:37 a.m.: The teen-aged bicyclist injured in a collision Saturday night was attempting to make a turn while traveling south on Santa Anita Avenue.

The teen was in the No. 1 left turn lane attempting to turn onto Duarte Road. He did not complete the turn and pulled out in front of a vehicle traveling in the same lane. The vehicle struck him, according to Arcadia Police in a press release.

The boy suffered extensive head injuries in the accident, though the 26-year-old Arcadia resident behind the wheel of the vehicle was not injured.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call Arcadia Police at (626) 574-5150.

PREVIOUSLY: A car struck a 16-year-old Arcadia boy just before 10 p.m. on Saturday, police said.

The teen suffered pretty extensive injuries. He was rushed to Huntington Memorial Trauma Center. Lt. Mike Castro of Arcadia Police said investigators have not yet determined what caused the accident.

Police are trying to secure the scene of the crash, Castro said.

No further details were available. This story will continue to be updated as information becomes available.

Judee Wilson October 21, 2012 at 11:11 PM
That is one of the things I fear when driving in Arcadia. So many cyclists -- we as drivers must be so diligent and cyclists, too!
Jordan October 23, 2012 at 11:09 PM
RIP Roger. You will be missed.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Please note I deleted two comments here for Terms of Use violations
MH October 23, 2012 at 11:23 PM
What's wrong with saying that cyclists have more right on the road?
Dan Abendschein (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Nothing is wrong with that, it's calling other users names. The other thing you posted, which I just had to delete... if you don't know that statements saying one entire ethnic group has a problem that others do not is wrong, I don't know what to tell you. Please review our Terms of Use for further guidance: http://arcadia.patch.com/terms. And don't call anybody else names or make generalizations based on race any further or you will face account suspension. Thank you.
Mike October 23, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Rest In Peace Bro! Hope you live it up in Heaven! You were a really cool person!
MH October 23, 2012 at 11:46 PM
You dont understand Dan. This guy was a good friend of mine. Hes not the only kid who's been hit on our streets. Its devastating to see how careless Arcadian drivers are. You see our police giving tickets to people who only go 3 miles above the speed limit. But you dont see this driver get anything. Arcadia needs to get its priority straight. Roger was a good kid, but it seems to me he hasn't gotten justice.
Transcend October 24, 2012 at 04:46 AM
RIP Roger Lewis.
Transcend October 24, 2012 at 04:54 AM
MH. What if the driver was not of this ethnic stereotype? I knew Roger myself, and, as the story says "The teen was in the No. 1 left turn lane attempting to turn onto Duarte Road. He did not complete the turn and pulled out in front of a vehicle traveling in the same lane. The vehicle struck him." Now, doing this early in the morning was a bad idea in the first place. Roger shouldn't have done that. Of course, that driver should be penalized- he didn't slow down for Roger. This accident really reminds me of a similar story last year, in which a girl named Alice Zhang was killed in a crosswalk collision. Which raises the same question with the drivers: Were both of them of that ethic group? We don't know. Don't jump to conclusions.
MH October 24, 2012 at 05:33 AM
it wasnt early in the morning it was right before 10 pm if you didnt read the whole thing (a time when theres no traffic) I would understand if he got mildly hurt but he got KILLED. hit on the head!
Transcend October 24, 2012 at 05:59 AM
Well, there's the time that I missed, yes. Think. Saturday. Just before 10 pm. What are people doing? Going home from an event, a restaurant, shopping at Westfield, etc. Heck, they could also be going there. Don't forget the late-nighters- what are they doing, and where are they going? At this time, there should be a rather normal amount of cars traveling to and fro around Duarte and Santa Anita. Saturday may have no traffic, but at this time, and at this intersection, there are a moderate amount of cars in this area.
Transcend October 24, 2012 at 06:00 AM
To further add to my statement, why was Roger in the middle of the street, in a major Arcadia intersection, just before 10 p.m.?
AL October 24, 2012 at 09:02 PM
He wasn't wearing a helmet. This could have been avoided.
lola October 24, 2012 at 09:06 PM
This poor child and his family are in mourning and will be for a very long time. I think maybe what may be worth noting is that he suffered major head injuries, and was not wearing a helmet. Helmets are made to protect us somewhat and who knows if that could have saved his life. Heaven has opened its gates once again for a young teen from Arcadia let's all be a little safer as drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Transcend October 25, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Not only that- he shouldn't have been in the left lane turn. Better to use the crosswalk.
A October 25, 2012 at 05:19 PM
It was the 626 night market traffic that night. We were supposed to hang out... he was at the mall at around 9:20 and I called him and said "Yeah, I'll be home in a bit. See you in a few." An hour went by. 10:20 I called back 3 times. No answer. Almost 2 seconds later I get a call back and it's a doctor. That was without a doubt the worst phone call in my life. He was just 2 blocks home making the turn he always does. My friends was there just a few minutes after the incident. The driver was trying to make the light. Speeding at 50. They came into the same lane. Roger didn't see it coming. That was too fucking fast. My friend who was driving from the 626 market passed the scene and saw his bike. That beautiful Bianchi Super Pista was Zipp tires was cracked in half, the tires were shattered in pieces. His bicycle cost more than your car, he wasn't going to ride it on the sidewalk. But in the end he went out with his friends on his mind, family in his heart, and his body on his bike. We won't forget you, Roger A. Staebler II. Your friends miss you.
Transcend October 26, 2012 at 03:17 AM
What a tragic event. Especially when told from your perspective. Of course, he wouldn't use a sidewalk, he'd ride on the side of the road, closest to the curb. But to make a left/right turn, he could have used the crosswalk. Compared to a $35,000 car, I would rather ride that $3000-$5000 bike on the sidewalk. But what's been done is done. I offer my condolences toward Roger's family. Knew him very well a few years ago. Didn't hear anything about him till now.


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