OAKLEY (KRON) — The parents of a 14-year-old Oakley boy, killed this past weekend while on his bike, are calling for safety improvements along the roadway where the teenager was fatally struck by a car.
The accident happened this past weekend along Big Break Road in Oakley. The mother of the victim said that any improvements along the road could spare others from the pain she and her family are suffering.
On Wednesday, family and friends of Kaleb Vancil visited the growing memorial at the spot the teenager was struck by a car this past weekend.
Gabrielle Mosqueira is a senior at Freedom High School. She says Kaleb’s death is heartbreaking.
“Everyone has been having a pretty rough time. It’s really unreal to all of us,” Mosqueira said.
Just after 8 p.m. last Sunday, Kaleb was riding his bike north on a sidewalk next to Big Break Road.
According to investigators, he apparently tried to go around some pedestrians on the sidewalk by jumping the curb into the roadway. That is when he was struck by a passing car.
Kaleb was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Oakland but died the next morning.
The driver of the car was cooperative with investigators and is not facing any charges.
Kaleb’s parents have said they don’t blame the driver, but they would like to see safety improvements made along Big Break Road.
“It’s such a traveled road,” Gina Vancil said. “They could have a bike lane, better lighting, wider sidewalk, more room on the streets.”
His parents also point out that the entrance to popular Big Break Regional Shoreline, which attracts people on bikes and on foot, is less than 200 yards away from where Kaleb was hit.
They feel that safety improvements could spare other families from the pain they are suffering.
“I would hate (for) another family to experience what we have experienced, so anything to make it better,” Gina said.
KRON4 reached out to city officials on Wednesday but citing the ongoing investigation into the accident, Mayor Kevin Romick declined to comment on the Vancil’s safety concerns.
But he did say in a statement that, “We extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to the family and all affected during this difficult time.”
Finally, Kaleb’s parents said they are planning to take their safety concerns before the Oakley City Council in a few weeks.