Road conditions played a role in two separate collisions where children riding their bicycles were struck by cars in Palo Alto on Wednesday morning, police said.
In both collisions, the sun's position in the sky reflecting on slick roadways from overnight rain challenged both the cyclists' and drivers' vision, police Sgt. Brian Philip.
Around 8 a.m., police and firefighters responded to the section of Middlefield Road outside a Walgreens store in the Midtown Shopping Center where three children were hit by a minivan, according to Philip. It appeared the collision happened on the street.
Police scanner activity indicated at least one of the three children ended up under the car. One of them, a 9-year-old boy, complained of pain to his leg and another reported knee pain.
Philip elaborated that a child's leg was under the vehicle. The minivan didn't appear to sustain damage from the collision.
Philip said the trio suffered minor injuries including scrapes, bruises and complaints of pain; one of the children had a leg injury, but he couldn't confirm whether any were transported to a hospital. Police have not determined if the juveniles were wearing helmets at the time they were hit.
The van and its occupants remained at the scene while police investigated the collision, which had minimal impact on traffic, according to Philip.
Many people were seen standing across the street from the collision on Middlefield Road during the busy morning commute, the sergeant said.
Minutes later, officers were notified of a separate collision about a mile away at Alger Drive and Cowper Street, near Fairmeadow Elementary and JLS Middle schools, involving a boy on his bicycle and a SUV, Philip said. The child, who was wearing a helmet, was traveling south on Cowper and was hit by the car coming to the intersection with Alger. The boy, who had minor scrapes to his arms and legs, was checked out by a medic and released to the custody of his parents.
The collisions were within a 25-minute span and located about a mile away of each other, Philip said.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.