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A bicyclist who was fatally struck by a garbage truck in San Francisco's Mission District on Thursday morning has been identified by the medical examiner's office as 21-year-old Clayton resident Dylan Mitchell.
The collision was reported shortly before 6:45 a.m. at 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue.
Mitchell and the garbage truck were both traveling east on 16th Street when the truck began to make a right turn onto South Van Ness, police said.
Mitchell, who was traveling at a high rate of speed, collided with the rear of the truck. He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
The driver of the truck eventually stopped at the scene after the mangled white bicycle ended up a block away along a curb on 17th Street.
Police said drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the collision.
The garbage truck is owned by Recology, which issued a statement offering condolences to the bicyclist's family and saying the company was cooperating with the police investigation.
The investigation into the crash and the cleanup of the scene prompted the closure of South Van Ness between 16th and 17th streets for about two hours.Fri, 24 May 2013 10:19:39 -0700
President Richard Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday on the last Monday in May. Cities all around the U.S. will hold their own celebrations to pay respect to the men and women who have died in wars or in the service of their country.
Teaching the meaning of Memorial Day to your children can be a challenge. To many Americans, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer and is an excuse to get out and barbeque and go camping, but to military families the meaning runs much deeper than a casual barbeque. We want our children to understand why Memorial Day is a holiday and what it means to our country’s history and our warriors’ families.
The simplest thing you can do to explain and honor this holiday with your children is to spend time talking to them about what Memorial Day means to you. Take the day to talk & reflect on the subject of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Just days before the end of the school year, students at a Walnut Creek high school Friday were mourning a teenage athlete who died while working out in a local gym.
Amir Khakimov, who had been attending Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek for about a year and half after moving to Contra Costa County from Uzbekistan, was pronounced dead at the hospital on Tuesday night after suffering a grave head injury, principal Matt Campbell said.
The student, who was in the English learner program at the school, was lifting weights at a local gym last week when he suffered a brain hemorrhage, Campbell said.
He was taken to the hospital were he never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead several days later.
While in the hospital the tight-knit English learners community and members of the school's wrestling team visited Khakimov, Campbell said.
He said he was known around campus because of his wrestling skills.
He is survived by two younger brothers and his parents.
According to his Facebook page he lived in Walnut Creek and was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
He listed that he attended a school there from which he graduated in 2009.
"His family is in need," Campbell said. "The family of course is grieving."
The high school community is collecting money to give to the family. Funds can be dropped off at the school, located at 1460 S. Main St. in Walnut Creek.
Following the unexpected death, Campbell said the school is focused on supporting the students.
"Our main concern is helping our students," he said.
This year's yearbook will have a page dedicated to Khakimov, and the student council has put flowers around campus in his honor along with a large paper poster for students to write messages.
The art department has opened their facilities for students and staff to make cards for Khakimov and his family, Campbell said.Fri, 24 May 2013 08:28:08 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories