Costa Mesa : Boy Bicyclist Hurt in Collision With Auto

A 15-year-old Costa Mesa boy who collided with a car while riding his bicycle early Monday was listed in critical but stable condition at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, authorities said.

Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Alan Kent said Gerardo Chavez Reyes was riding a "mountain-type bike" about 8 a.m. Monday on Raymond Avenue at 15 to 20 m.p.h. when he failed to stop at a yield sign for oncoming traffic and was struck by a car.

The driver of the car, who was not injured, was traveling eastbound on the 300 block of Flower Street, Kent said. "Most of the impact was against the window," Kent said.

Reyes, who suffered a fractured skull and internal bleeding, was first treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to the hospital, Kent said. "His main problem is the head injury," said hospital spokeswoman Sheila Holliday.

"It appears by our preliminary investigation that the bicyclist failing to yield was the cause of the accident," Kent said.

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