Teen bicyclist fatally struck by truck

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A 14-year-old girl has died and another juvenile was injured after they were struck by a pickup truck while riding their bicycles in Fairbanks.

Police say witnesses told officers that the Ford F-150 ran a red light shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday as the two bicyclists and another juvenile bicyclist headed away from the Latter-day Saints church off the Steese Highway.

The teenage girl died at the scene. One of the other cyclists was taken to a local hospital with injuries after the accident at the intersection of the highway and the Johansen Expressway.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says the third bicyclist appeared to be unhurt.

Police have not released the names the deceased, the other bicyclists or the truck driver, who was questioned at the police station.

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