A 34-year-old man was killed and his 12-year-old niece was seriously injured after the motorcycle they were riding was struck by a Metro bus in the San Fernando Valley late last week.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the accident was reported around 11 a.m. near the intersection of Hazeltine Avenue and Bessemer Street in Valley Glen.

Surveillance footage of the tragic collision obtained by KTLA shows a Metro Orange Line bus traveling west on the G Line at Hazeltine Avenue when it struck the motorcyclist and his young passenger as they headed north.

The 34-year-old, identified by the family as Richard Leos, reportedly took his niece to get snacks before heading to Universal Studios with the family.

Leos was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 12-year-old girl was taken to Valley Presbyterian Hospital in critical condition, authorities said.

  • Man, 34, dead, girl, 12, in critical condition.  Subway bus rams motorcycle
  • Man, 34, dead, girl, 12, in critical condition.  Subway bus rams motorcycle
  • Man, 34, dead, girl, 12, in critical condition.  Subway bus rams motorcycle
  • Man, 34, dead, girl, 12, in critical condition.  Subway bus rams motorcycle

According to LA police, there were between 15 and 18 passengers on board the bus at the time of the collision. One of these passengers suffered a minor knee injury in the accident.

In a statement after the crash, the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said:

“Metro extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and the injured person. Metro is working closely with the Los Angeles Police Department to investigate this incident. We are committed to ensuring the safety of Metro customers and the communities we serve. In fact, it is our top priority.”

In one GoFundMe Leos was organized to cover medical costs for the 12-year-old girl, who is expected to survive, and funeral costs. Leos is remembered for living life to the fullest and having a passionate love for his family, his girlfriend, and his life of service to others.

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