Publish Date: 2023/06/27
The fatal accident occurred at the intersection of South El Camino Real and Santa Fe Avenue. Deputies with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and paramedics with the Encinitas Fire Department were dispatched to the scene just after 6:00 p.m.
A preliminary investigation indicates the teen was operating an electric bike north on South El Camino Real. As he attempted to turn left onto Santa Fe Avenue, he was struck by a driver in a work van.
The teen was rushed to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla with “major injuries” and was later pronounced deceased, confirmed officials.
The van driver remained at the scene and cooperated with an investigation. Intoxication is not a suspected factor in the crash.
According to the sheriff’s department, the tragic crash comes after an observed spike in e-bike crashes in the city’s recent years.
Just a week prior, the Encinitas City Council passed new e-bike regulations. Following the passage, teens who allow others to ride on handlebars will be ticketed and required to attend a bike education course.
Mayor Kranz said Wednesday’s council meeting will include information regarding the city’s plans to declare a local state of emergency on e-bikes.
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