Juneau boy flown to Anchorage after bicycle accident

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2004

A 9-year-old Juneau boy was in stable condition at an Anchorage hospital Tuesday night, a day after his bike ran into a sport utility vehicle near his Douglas Island home.

Patrick Lee DeMent Jr., a resident of the Cedar Park Apartments on Foster Avenue, was flown to the Alaska Native Medical Center Monday night, according to neighbors.

"He's doing fine," Dan Burrill, the nursing supervisor on duty at the hospital, said late Tuesday afternoon. He said he talked to family members who wanted him to relay thanks to the Juneau community for their thoughts and prayers for Patrick.

Police didn't identify the victim but said a boy rode though a stop sign and hit the side of 2000 GMC Jimmy shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Foster Avenue. The Jimmy was driven by a 60-year-old man.

Family friend Fred Jackson Sr. said he was taking kids to see a movie and invited Patrick to come along, but the boy said he wanted to ride his bike instead. Jackson said that before leaving, others in the neighborhood said there had been an accident.

Capital City Fire & Rescue took the boy to Bartlett Regional Hospital to have injuries evaluated before he was flown to Anchorage, police reported.

Tuesday, police determined that the man driving the SUV, Robert Joey, had been driving with a suspended license, according to police documents. Police cited the man at his home.

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