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Bicycling Teen Struck and Killed by LADWP Truck

An LADWP truck struck and killed a 17-year-old boy riding a bicycle in Granada Hills on Wednesday evening, officials said.

The crash happened in the 16200 block of San Fernando Mission Boulevard before 3:20 p.m., Los Angeles fire officials said.

The incident was not and hit-and-run, and the driver of the DWP vehicle was cooperating with police, LAPD officials said.

The boy was a senior at Kennedy High School, according to the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Hundreds of students gathered at the crash site in sorrow.

"I'm going to miss his jokes, laughs, always being a good mood all the time, bringing positive vibes to everybody," said the victim's friend, Valeria Torres.

“It's shocking to me right now. I'm still in shock. It could have be my son down there," said the mother of another boy who was riding bicycles with the victim.

The DWP said the truck driver passed a field sobriety test.

"There is no reason to suggest at all whatsoever that the DWP employee was under the influence of alcohol or drugs," said LAPD Lt. John McMahon.

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