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High school mourns death of freshman killed while riding bike
November 27, 2012, 05:00 AM Bay City News Service
Students and staff at Woodside High School today are mourning the loss of a freshman who was killed Monday morning as she rode her bicycle in Redwood City.

Leyla Beban, 14, was on her way to school when she was hit by an SUV at Jefferson Avenue and Alameda De Las Pulgas at about 8:30 a.m., according to Redwood City police.

Police said Leyla and the driver of the SUV were both turning right onto Alameda de las Pulgas from eastbound Jefferson Avenue at the time, but that the circumstances of the accident remain under investigation.

Leyla was taken to Stanford Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, police said.

Woodside High School Principal Diane Burbank said this morning that one of Leyla's teachers described the teen as "open-minded, intellectually curious, considerate and competent yet humble."

"She embodied many of the qualities we value in all our students," Burbank said.

Freshman class president Bianca Gabriel this morning led the school in a moment of silence in Leyla's honor, Burbank said.

Leyla, a Redwood City resident, attended middle school and elementary school in the community, and was well-known at Woodside High, Burbank said.

Grief counselors were available on campus today to assist students, according to the principal's office.

Redwood City police Sgt. Sean Hart said Leyla was wearing her helmet at the time of the collision, and that the driver of the SUV stopped at the scene and cooperated with police.

Preliminary information indicated there were no traffic violations committed by the driver or the victim, he said.

Anyone who witnessed the collision has been asked to call Officer Peter Cang at (650) 780-7100 ext. 5021 or Detective Dave Cirina at (650) 780-7607.


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