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Middle school student killed in Foothill Farms area while riding bicycle

A Foothill Ranch Middle School student was hit and killed this morning while riding his bike in the Foothill Farms area, according to the California Highway Patrol and Twin Rivers Unified School District.

The boy’s death occurred Tuesday morning at Hillsdale Boulevard and Palm Avenue just after 8 a.m., said Chad Hertzell, CHP spokesman. The intersection is about 1 mile southwest of the middle school. The teen was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Muheebullah Rajabi, 13, of Sacramento. The incident happened before classes start at Foothill Ranch, according to the school’s website.

Hertzell said the boy was riding on the southbound sidewalk of Hillsdale Boulevard near Palm Avenue going northbound when a car was pulling out of a 7-Eleven parking lot. The driver was trying to make a right turn when he hit Rajabi. The 13-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hertzell said two other boys, one of which was possibly Rajabi’s brother, were also riding on bicycles at the time of the incident. The driver tested negative for drugs and alcohol and was cooperating with officers, he said.

“I would emphasize not wearing a helmet likely led to this boy’s death,” Hertzell said. “If he was wearing a helmet, he would likely to be alive today.”

Hertzell said the law requires people younger than 18 to wear a helmet.

A team of chaplains, school psychologists and counselors were on hand at Foothill Ranch to help students and school staff, the district said.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets