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Boy Rides Bike Into Path Of Van After Brakes Fail
Updated April 25, 2017 7:00 AM | Filed under: Accident
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(VIGO CO.) - Sunday, around 3 p.m., Indiana State Police and Terre Haute Fire/Rescue/EMS units responded to the area of 18th and Farrington Streets in Terre Haute after a motorist struck a child on a bicycle.

One child was transported for injuries.

According to an Indiana State Police report, a 7-year-old boy traveling south in an alleyway approaching Farrington Street.

The boy applied his brakes, but a possible brake malfunction caused his bicycle to not stop, and sent him into the path of a westbound on 2005 Chrysler van driven by 60-year-old Mary R. Kidwell of Terre Haute on Farrington Street.

Upon impact, the young rider was thrown from the bike prior to the van traveling over the bicycle. He was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for a possible fractured leg and other injuries, which are believed to be non-life threatening.

He was not wearing a safety helmet, but he is not required to.

Police say, Kidwell appeared to not have adequate time to properly brake as the bicyclist suddenly appeared in her path.

Drugs and alcohol were not a factor and no citations were issued.



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