PALMDALE – An 18-year-old who had just finished his first day on a new job at a market and was on his way to play soccer was struck by a school bus and killed as he rode a bicycle in Palmdale Monday.
The crash happened at 3:45 p.m. at the intersection of Avenue R and 55th Street East, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The bus, driven by a 54-year-old woman, was westbound on Avenue R, traveling around 50 mph, just prior to striking the victim, the CHP reported.
The bicyclist, who had been headed south on 55th Street East, stopped at the intersection, then proceeded into the path of the bus. The driver swerved to avoid the victim, but the right front end of the bus hit the bicycle in the left turn lane of eastbound Avenue R, according to the CHP.
The victim was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the CHP reported.
No one aboard the bus was injured, according to the CHP.
The bicyclist was identified in broadcast reports as Michael Valenzuela.