EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 31, 2013

Teen bicycle rider not badly hurt after colliding with SUV

By Mike LaBella

---- — HAVERHILL — Police said a 14-year-old boy was riding his bicycle in the middle of the street when he drove into the front of a sport utility vehicle, bending his bicycle’s front wheel and sending him to the pavement.

Police said the boy did not appear to be seriously injured, but was taken by ambulance to a local hospital as a precaution.

The accident happened about 9:45 a.m. yesterday on Washington Street, near the intersection of River Street.

Witnesses included a Haverhill Water Department worker, who stopped his truck and put on his yellow lights to slow traffic. He told police the boy was riding down the middle of Washington Street on the double yellow lines. Witnesses also said the boy was coming down the hill and was near the bottom when he collided at an angle with the front of an SUV that was turning onto Washington Street.

When police arrived, several bystanders and witnesses were talking to the boy, who was lying on his back but appeared conscious and alert. The boy asked if someone could call his boss because he was worried about being late to his job.

Police said that based on witness statements, they determined the boy was at fault and said they did not plan to cite the driver of the SUV.