GLENDALE (CBSLA.com) — Classmates brought flowers and balloons to a memorial at Roosevelt Middle School Friday for the 13-year-old boy who died after he was reportedly struck by and then trapped under a school bus in Glendale.
Jonathan Hernandez, who was a student at Roosevelt Middle School, was riding a bicycle near Columbus Ave. and Riverdale Drive around 2 p.m on Thursday when the accident occurred, according to Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department.
Several students reportedly witnessed the accident.
Witnesses said Hernandez, who was not wearing a helmet, was riding quickly through the intersection and looking in the opposite direction when he hit the side of the bus. No students were aboard the school bus at the time of the collision, officials said.
Upon impact, the female bus driver reportedly got out and saw the teen trapped underneath the vehicle. Witnesses said the driver, who was not cited, dropped to her knees and began screaming for help.
Hernandez was transported to Glendale Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at around 3:04 p.m., according to the coroner’s office.
School officials said Hernandez was a good student and an active student, and described the accident as tragic.