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17-Year-Old Cyclist Killed In Crash With LADWP Truck

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A 17-year-old riding his bicycle in Granada Hills was killed when he was struck by a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power truck Wednesday afternoon.

Philomene Ragni, a high school senior at John F. Kennedy High School, was struck by the truck around 3:15 p.m. and he was pronounced dead at the scene at the 16200 block of San Fernando Mission Boulevard, according to City News Service.

Police are calling it "an unfortunate traffic accident." They told ABC 7 that the LADWP truck being driven by an electrical construction worker was driving northbound when a group of bikers, including Ragni, suddenly crossed westbound. The driver stayed at the scene, cooperated with investigators, and there's no indication he was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. LADWP released a statement about the fatal crash: "LADWP extends heartfelt sympathies to the family and loved ones of the deceased."

Vera Rabadi's son was riding alongside Ragni when he was killed, and she told ABC that she's still in shock: "It could be my son down there. These kids are BMX, they don't have no helmets, no brakes and it scares the hell out of me!"

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There's a memorial set up to where the crash happened, and grief counselors will be on site at Ragni's school today.