One teenager died and a second was seriously injured when their bicycle collided with a car in north Modesto Monday evening.
According to Modesto Police spokeswoman Heather Graves, officers were called to Keller and Sylvan Avenues at 8:45 p.m.
Both teens were taken to area hospitals; one, identified only as a 17-year-old, succumbed to his injuries. The other boy, also 17, was listed in critical condition late Monday.
Witnesses said the boys were going southbound on Keller near Beyer High School when they were crossing the street. The boys may have gone through a red light, witnesses told police.
A 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, heading east on Sylvan, hit the bicycle. The driver, a 23-year-old woman, was not hurt.
Graves said it appears alcohol may have been a factor in the accident. “There were some containers found at the scene,” she said.
Officer Scott Nelson said in a news release that the Jetta driver showed no obvious signs of intoxication, but the boys may have been drinking.
“There are signs of possible alcoholic beverage intoxication by the bicycle riders,” he said. “The bicycle riders do not appear to have been wearing any type of safety helmet at the time of the collision.”
Nelson said there have been 10 fatal vehicle collisions in Modesto this year, resulting in the deaths of 13 people.
Investigators ask anyone with information on the incident or who saw the crash to contact traffic officer Billy Boyle at (209) 652-3167.
Callers also can contact Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Type “TIP704” along with your message.