The 3-year-old boy who was hit by a truck while riding in a trailer attached to his father’s bicycle near Lemoore has died, the Kings County Coroner’s Office announced Wednesday.
Isaac Stortz was pronounced dead Sunday at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. The condition of the boy's father, 27-year-old Jonathon Stortz, was not available.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the two were involved in a collision that occurred around 8:15 p.m. Thursday on Hanford-Armona Road, just east of 16th Avenue.
Jonathon Stortz was reportedly riding his bicycle west on Hanford-Armona Road when 18-year-old Tyler Potter ran her 2002 Ford F-150 pickup truck into the back of his trailer and bike. Potter was traveling in the same direction as Jonathon Stortz. She was driving at about 50-55 mph.
Jonathon and Isaac Stortz suffered major injuries as a result of the impact and were airlifted to the hospital. Potter was not injured.
CHP said Jonathon Stortz had been riding in the middle of the road lane at the time of the collision. They also said he had a headlight attached to the front of his bike and a reflector on the trailer — which is compliant with the law.
Public Information Officer Adam Barresi said the opinion of the investigating officer will ultimately decide what, if any, recommended charges Potter will face. She was not cited at the scene of the crash.
Barresi said the investigation is ongoing.
CHP said alcohol was not a factor in the collision.
This is the second vehicle vs. cyclist incident reported this year. In February, 54-year-old John Draxler was struck by a truck while riding on Excelsior Avenue. Draxler suffered major injuries as a result of the crash. The driver of the truck faced no charges.
“Nothing in [the] traffic collision [amounted] to a misdemeanor or felony charge,” Barresi said in an earlier interview about the outcome of February crash.