A 6-year-old boy died as a result of head trauma sustained when he collided with a vehicle on his bicycle Sunday evening at Micke Grove Park, said Sgt. Barbara Butler, of the California Highway Patrol.
Gustavo Soto Flores, of Lodi, was identified as the boy on Monday afternoon by the San Joaquin County Coroner's Office.
The incident took place shortly after 6 p.m. near the park's memorial building, police said. The child was riding his bicycle east through the parking lot when he went over a curb and struck a vehicle that was headed south, Butler said.
"The cyclist drove in the path of the vehicle and the driver couldn't respond in time," she said.
REACH Air Ambulance was called to the scene but the child's condition could not be stabilized; he was transported by ground to Lodi Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead, Butler said.
David Durand, spokesperson for American Medical Response, said multiple agencies coordinated efforts in an attempt to save Flores but his injuries were too severe.
"REACH came to get him, but his condition changed before the helicopter arrived," Durand said. "But one of the REACH workers went to the hospital in the ambulance with Flores."
The accident is still under investigation, but Butler said it did not appear the driver of the vehicle was impaired or under the influence in any way.
Flores was not wearing a helmet, Butler said.
The city's Parks and Recreation Department declined to comment on the incident.
Any friends or family members of Flores' who would like to speak in his memory or share his story may contact reporter Jordan Guinn at 369-7035 or firstname.lastname@example.org.