Hours after San Diego police asked for the public’s help, a 16-year-old teen bicyclist who was seriously hurt in a Christmas Eve crash in Lincoln Park was identified and reunited with his family.
“Thank you all for the help. We’ve been able to re-unite this 16 year old with his family,” San Diego police officials said in a tweet Wednesday night. “Keep them in your prayers.”
The teen’s name was not released.
He was riding a mountain bike north on South 47th Street about 6:40 p.m. Saturday when he ran a red light and was struck by a black Chevrolet Trailblazer at Imperial Avenue, police Lt. Scott Wahl said.
The cyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, hit his head on a curb. He was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital with a serious head injury.
The 61-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, Wahl said.
The teen had a gray HTC One smartphone, but investigators weren’t able to pull any identifying information from the cellphone because it wasn’t in service.
He was not carrying any identification, and fingerprints and facial recognition comparisons later came up blank.
On Wednesday afternoon, Wahl said police had not been able to locate any missing person or runaway juvenile reports that appeared to be related to the teen.
9:20 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details. This article was…
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