Monday, December 7, 2009

Boy Bicyclist Struck and Killed by Pickup Truck

According to studies, bicycles are known to be involved in many childhood injuries compared to other consumer products, except automobiles. This may be true because bicycles provide little protection to a child’s fragile body during impact.

A 9-year-old boy bicyclist recently died after he was struck by a Ford F-250 pickup truck while on his way home from school.

According to authorities, both paramedics and police were called in after the boy was struck along Loara Street and Orangewood Avenue.

The unidentified bicyclist was brought to UCI Medical Center in Orange while he was still in a critical condition. He died after a short time.

Police said the pickup was moving westbound along Orangewood and then stopped at a stop sign. When they boy saw that the vehicle has stopped, it was apparent that he tried crossing the street in front of it when he was struck.

The incident may have been just a tragic accident, authorities said.

Parents should teach their children how to ride a bicycle properly and the ways on how to avoid being hit by passing vehicles. If they can, they should accompany their children to keep them safe from accidents.