DESERT HOT SPRINGS (CBS) — A 5-year-old boy, who was hit by a car as he rode his bicycle in Desert Hot Springs, was taken off life support, it was announced Sunday.

The victim, whose name was unavailable, was riding with his father and friends about 8:45 p.m. Thursday when he was struck while crossing Palm Drive between Caminos Campesino and Aventura, according to police.

The boy was initially taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, but was then moved to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

According to police, he was not wearing a helmet.

The driver, who police only identified as a female, remained at the scene and was cooperative. She was not suspected of speeding or driving while intoxicated, according to police.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and asked that any witnesses to the incident call the Desert Hot Springs department at (760) 329-2904.

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Comments (4)
  1. Jim Gates says:

    i have two comments fiirst why was the boy not wearing a helment and why were they riding at night

    1. Efrain says:

      Exactly what I thought. I just read this article to my 12 year old son. As parents you’re suppose to think safety first (does not matter if the child gets upset or not). Parents are at fault here due to TWO irresponsible decisions. No helmet and out at night.

  2. Pratt Robert says:

    No leader ship in california as to bike laws, License( both personal & on the bike) and no Insurance… also no Enforcement of laws we have. To bad another life gone. HI Mr. Brown n the dot. n Mr mayors in all of california, time foe all Ive pointed to along with streets marked that CAN acomadate both cars n Bikes. ect come on this is only going down hill . Dont wait till the last min. like Goverment normaly does…PLEASE DONT>

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