Car strikes middle school student on bike

Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2008

JUNEAU - A middle school student riding a bike was involved in a traffic accident early Tuesday morning, according to Juneau School District officials.

Floyd Dryden Principal Thomas Milliron said a seventh-grade boy was struck before 8 a.m. while riding a bike at the intersection of Mendenhall and Valley boulevards.

Juneau Police reported that a 1998 Ford truck driven by a 20-year-old Vermont man struck the 13-year-old boy as he crossed the street on his bike. Witnesses at the scene said the boy was crossing against a red light, according to police.

The investigation is continuing, the police said.

While being strapped to a gurney prior to being loaded into an ambulance, Milliron said the boy appeared to be in pain but was "very conscious."

The boy was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital and treated for head lacerations and internal injuries, police said.

Last week, there was another traffic incident that involved a student on Back Loop Road, according to Juneau School District spokeswoman Susan Christianson.

She said the incidents should serve as a reminder to drivers "to be especially careful this time of year."

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