SAN JOSE -- A 14-year-old girl died after she was struck by a light-rail train while riding her bicycle on Friday morning, authorities said.
Danika Tyler Garcia of San Jose was struck by a northbound VTA train, shortly after 7:30 a.m., as she was bicycling near the intersection of Stokes Street and Southwest Expressway, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department. The intersection is about a half mile from Del Mar High School in San Jose.
Authorities said Danika was hospitalized with severe injuries and died later in the day.
In a notice on the Del Mar web page, principal Jennifer Baldwin announced that a student at the school died Friday afternoon "as a result of a tragic traffic accident Friday morning." Baldwin offered condolences to the student's family and said grief counselors were being made available to the school's students and staff.
Authorities declined to release any information Friday about how the girl came to be struck by the train. The death is being investigated by the sheriff's department, which has jurisdiction over trains operated by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
No passengers were injured, but train service was temporarily halted while sheriff's deputies gathered information at the scene, according to a VTA spokeswoman who said service was fully restored shortly after noon on Friday.
Investigators are interviewing witnesses and reviewing video of the incident, according to sheriff's Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup, who asked anyone with information to contact the sheriff's department at 408-808-4431.
VTA spokeswoman Colleen Valles said the train will be impounded while the incident is being investigated. Following standard procedure, the train's operator was required to submit to a drug test, but the results were not released Friday.
Contact Brandon Bailey at 408-920-5022.