Leyla Beban Photo Source: mercurynews.com
Leyla Beban
Age 14    Redwood City, CA    November 26 2012
Comments: 1

Source: 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.

Collision Data

Crash time: between 6 a.m. and 8:59 a.m.

Closest Intersection: Alameda De Las Pulgas

Land use: Urban

Road type: Urban Arterial

Where on the road the collision happened: Intersection

Collision type: Right hook

Driver Data

Vehicle type: Light Trucks (SUVs, pickups)

If truck: Unknown

At crash time driver was: Don't Know


Source: News Report
Type: Newspaper
Pos/Neg: Neutral
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Legal Status

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  • Marc Beban December 04 2012


    Thank you for you site, and for the work you do on behalf of cyclist and making cycling safer.  I am the father of Leyla, and a cyclist myself.  I wanted to share a couple words about my daughter.

    Leyla loved her bike.  She rode it to school every day as her practical means of transportation, but even before she did that, she would just get on to ride - to her favorite reading place by the Bay or downtown to her favorite cafe.  She had a mountain bike as well and would ride it to an open space nearby in order to ride off-road now and then.  I think her bike represented freedom to her.

    Leyla was a bright girl who loved to read and to eat - the combination of being a growing teen and riding 5 miles every day, and uphill on the way home, gave her a voracious appetite!  She wrote beautiful poems and stories, was a straight-A student, fascinated by deep sea life, and was loved and will be missed by many.  Most especially by me, my wife, and her sister.

    Please accept my $100 donation in my daughter’s name.  If you are so inclined, we have set up a ‘Cause’ to donate to the two communities that nurtured her in this life, the Adelante Spanish Immersion School, a K-5 elementary school, and the Nueva School, her middle school.  You can follow this link to donate:


    Please share the link with your friends in my daughter’s memory.


    Marc Beban, Redwood City, CA

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