Crash claims life of 12-year-old cyclist

A 12-year-old girl died Sunday after she rode her bicycle into a van in San Bruno last week, authorities said.

Rebeca Medrano, who was a seventh grader at Parkside Intermediate School, had been in San Francisco General Hospital since Wednesday after she suffered severe injuries and head trauma from the accident, authorities said.

Medrano rode her bicycle into the van on Niles and Oak avenues just after school less than a mile down the road, leading police to believe she was likely riding to her home on Huntington Avenue in San Bruno.

Her father, Nelson Medrano, was still struggling to cope with his daughter’s death Monday.

“She gave me 12 years of heaven on Earth,” he said.

The female driver of the van stopped and police will likely not press any charges, police said.

Medrano likely never saw the van or was unable to stop before colliding with it, Cmdr. Matt Campi said.

A memorial fund has been set up for the family. Each of the school district’s counselors was at the Parkside campus Monday to offer aid to any distraught students.

“It is a tragic loss for our school family,” said David Hutt, superintendent of the San Bruno Park School District. “My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family for their loss.”

Rebeca Medrano, who also leaves behind a sister and mother, played soccer and loved to read, swim and participate in Mexican folk dances.

She was one of 13 sixth-grade students who received an “educational excellence” award last yearfor earning at least a 3.5 grade-point average plus a score of proficient or above on the STAR test while at Allen Elementary school in San Bruno.

A Parkside candlelight service has been scheduled for later this week.

mrosenberg@sfexaminer.com

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