Maine Child Crossing Street on Bicycle Struck by Oncoming Chevy Pickup Truck
It was a scary situation for a young Maine boy and his family last Friday when the bike he was riding was struck by an oncoming Chevy pickup truck.
According to WGME 13, the boy was riding his mountain bike on Main Street in the area of North Yarmouth Academy in Yarmouth, Maine. He was reportedly riding his bike on the sidewalk when he left the sidewalk to enter the roadway in order to cross over to the other side of the street. When he entered the roadway on his bike, that's when he was struck.
There was a car that was lawfully parked on the side of the road that obstructed the boy's view of oncoming traffic. This caused the child to enter the roadway without realizing there was oncoming traffic.
Police say that because the boy was wearing a bicycle helmet at the time of the crash, he was able to avoid any serious injuries. A reminder to those who may choose to ride without such protection that not only can it prevent serious injury, it can, in some circumstances, even prevent death.
WGME says that police are reminding area parents to talk to their kids about following all traffic laws when they are out riding their bikes and that they should only be crossing the roadway at marked intersections or on crosswalks.
We're just happy that the boy is going to be okay and that the injuries were not worse.
This is a developing story and we will keep it updated as more information becomes available to us.