Student on bicycle struck during morning rush hour

Accident just blocks from Lincoln High School
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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A Lincoln High School student riding his bike to school Tuesday morning was hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle on Nicolaus Road near O Street.

Jonah Angel, 16, a Lincoln High junior, suffered a fractured skull and brain-swelling Tuesday after being hit by a car on his way to school. Angel was aided by a Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District paramedic on his way to work, according to the Lincoln Police Department.

Angel is not believed to have been wearing a helmet at the time, according to both Lincoln Police Chief Doug Lee and Crystal Angel, Jonah’s mother.

Crystal Angel said Wednesday her son is doing well and his “long-term prognosis is good.”

“He is able to respond and communicate by writing on a white board,” Crystal Angel said. “He can’t talk because of a ventilator tube.”

Her son can remember the accident, move his limbs and his pupils are good, according to Crystal Angel, a 17-year Lincoln resident. She said her family was waiting to hear from the boy’s neurosurgeon and asked that people keep her son in their thoughts and prayers.

The driver “stopped right away and waited for police,” Chief Lee said.

The accident’s cause was not yet determined, as of press time Wednesday.

“The officer doing the investigation will determine fault,” Lee said. “The officer was not able to get a statement from the boy before he was transported to the hospital and he won’t be able to determine fault until he has that statement.”

The bicycle was repaired by Lincoln Police Department Community Services Officer Paul Tyler, with parts from a bicycle at the police department, and returned to his family.