OCEANSIDE, Calif. - A North County community is in mourning after a 12-year-old Oceanside boy died while riding his bike to school Thursday morning.
Family and friends told FOX 5 that Logan Lipton was loved by all he knew. He was an avid surfer and he attended Lincoln Middle School.
Lipton was riding his bike when he was hit and became lodged under a pickup truck near the Oceanside RV Park.
The Florida man behind the wheel of the white Dodge Ram 3500 told investigators he "heard a thump'' as he was pulling out of the RV park at 1510 South Coast Highway shortly after 7 a.m., according to Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Cosby. He turned and pulled into an adjacent driveway, exited the truck and found the bicyclist lodged underneath.
The boy was airlifted to Tri-City Medical Center with what were initially believed to be serious injuries, but later died, according to the lieutenant.
Bruce Lipton said his nephew went about his day as usual and rode to school, but early on things were a little off.
“[Logan] rode quite often, not all the time, but quite often. It’s a good ride from his house over to the school," Bruce said. "Today, he was a little apprehensive about going to school on his bike.”
Bruce said Logan's death has left a hole in the community of Oceanside.
“He loved skateboarding and surfing, good kid, part of the community," his uncle said. "Logan was a sweetheart of a boy, you want a child like him."
Lincoln Middle School is providing support services to the students and faculty.
“Whatever we can do to support students and staff we will do, including counseling services, bring in some extra teachers, anything like that," said Lisa Contreras of Oceanside Unified School District.
It was not immediately clear whether the driver would face charges in connection with the crash.