SAN JOSE -- A 17-year-old high school student died Tuesday night when he was hit by an SUV while riding his bicycle in a South San Jose intersection, authorities and school officials said.
Anthony Garcia, a junior at Foothill High School in San Jose, was hit just before 7 p.m. while pedaling through the intersection of Branham Lane and Vistapark Drive, according to San Jose police. The teen was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.
Juan Cruz, assistant superintendent for instructional services for the East Side Union High School District, confirmed that Garcia attended Foothill, an alternative high school in the district. He said counselors were on campus Wednesday to provide support to students and staff.
On Tuesday night, a silver Toyota RAV-4 was seen stopped at the crash site, showing a damaged front passenger fender and a shattered windshield. The victim's broken single-speed track-style bicycle leaned against a light post inside red police tape, with a pair of tennis shoes sitting atop a mangled rear rim.
A man and woman remained with the SUV and cooperated with police. They declined to comment. Further details were not released by investigators.
No citations were issued at the scene and the cause is under investigation.
The death marked the city's 40th fatal traffic collision of the year, and the 25th involving a bicycle or pedestrian. An especially deadly 33-hour stretch starting Nov. 24 saw three people killed by vehicles, including a 3-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl.
The high number of pedestrian deaths this year -- more than the city has seen in nearly a decade, according to police figures -- spurred residents to hold a vigil Monday night in the Washington neighborhood where 3-year-old Elijah Alvitre was killed by a pickup truck as he was pushed across the street in a stroller.
Anyone with information about Tuesday's collision is asked to contact San Jose investigators at 408-277-4653. Anonymous tips can be made to Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867 or tipsubmit.com.
Staff writer Robert Salonga contributed to this report. Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869.