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Water Balloon Fight On Center Median Preceded Fatal Accident On Spring St./Stevely Ave. In Which Millikan High Baseball Player Brian Beato Was Killed


(June 4, 2012, 4:10 p.m.) -- learned just minutes ago that LBPD investigators believe that a water balloon fight on the center median in the area of Spring St./Stevely Ave. preceded the fatal accident in which Millikan High baseball player Brian Beato, 15, was struck and killed by a vehicle on Friday night (June 1).

LBPD Public Information Lisa Massacani tells that LBPD investigators have now interviewed the second individual who was present when the events took place. That person came forward on Saturday, PIO Massacani says.

LBPD says it appears that two pedestrians (one of whom was Mr. Beato) were allegedly involved in a water balloon fight on the center median of Spring St. in the area of Stevely Ave. when one of the water balloons apparently hit a vehicle on eastbound Spring St. (south of the median) causing it to go into a skid. Mr. Beato then ran northward across the westbound lanes of Spring St...where he was struck by an oncoming westbound vehicle.

As previously reported, he did not survive his injuries. The vehicle was driven by a 21 year old woman from Corona.

LBPD PIO Massacani says the other individual involved in the water balloon fight was an 18 year old man. [ doesn't have his identity at this point].

PIO Massacani says neither the 18 year old individual involved in the water balloon fight nor the driver of the vehicle are facing criminal charges in connection with what took place.

As reported earlier today by, Mr. Beato, who would have turned 16 in July, was a much admired member of the Millikan High School baseball team. Word of his passing spread over the weekend on a Facebook page maintained by a team member.

Photo via Facebook/Millikan Baseball & Deeter

By midday Sunday (June 3) a grassroots memorial was visible at the scene.

We're told that Millikan High baseball team members spent time with Brian's family on Saturday, then went to the accident site and held a candlelight vigil.

Photo via Facebook/Millikan Baseball & Deeter

At midday Sunday, people stopped by to leave heartfelt messages. [Caution: don't attempt to park or stop your car on Spring St. at that location. The site is only accessible by parking in the residential neighborhood immediately to the north of Spring St. and using a pedestrian stairway to Spring St.]

The accident occurred along a portion of Spring St. where westbound traffic has just crested a bridge over Coyote Creek and heads toward Studebaker Rd. El Dorado Park is across a center median on the south side of Spring St...and a residential neighborhood is on the north side of Spring St. accessible via staircases, including one at Stevely Ave. sends our sincere condolences to Brian's family, his teammates and many friends. We'll provide information on arrangements as we receive them.

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