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Bike-riding Windsor High School students hit by truck in crosswalk

Two Windsor High students cycling to school were struck by a pickup early Thursday near a Highway 101 off-ramp, Windsor police officials said.

The boys, ages 16 and 17, suffered head and leg injuries but were alert when they were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Windsor Police Sgt. Mark Essick said.

"Minor injuries, bumps and bruises," said Capt. Jason Piloni with the Windsor Fire Department.

The students were riding a tandem bicycle on Old Redwood Highway at about 7:30 a.m. when they continued in a right traffic lane bridging the southbound highway off-ramp near downtown, Essick said.

The driver, Lester Pinola, 58, Windsor, was steering his dark grey Chevy pickup into a left turn from the off-ramp onto Old Redwood Highway when he struck the boys, Essick said.

Neither of the boys was wearing helmets, he said.

Pinola called 911. The parents of one of the boys drove by the scene shortly after the crash and came to their aid, Essick said.

Pinola told police that he had a green light when he began making the turn, Essick said. A witness to the crash said the light in the boys' direction may have been yellow when they entered the crosswalk.

"It's one person's word versus the other," said Essick, who said he hoped more witnesses would come forward.

"We would definitely like to talk to them," he said.

Any witnesses to the crash can call Deputy Jose Acevedo at 838-1234.


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