, Corbin, KY

May 6, 2013

10-year-old bicyclist struck by truck

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Times-Tribune / Staff Report

A 10-year-old boy was airlifted to a Lexington hospital after he suffered head injuries when he rode his bicycle into the path of an oncoming pickup, according to London Police Department Chief Stewart Walker.

The collision happened after 5 p.m. Friday when the boy crossed North Main Street in front of Cumberland Valley National Bank and rode into the path of a southbound white Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Dennis Fields, 66, of East Bernstadt.

Fields told police he braked and swerved to try to avoid hitting the boy, but he didn’t have enough time to stop. There were several witnesses to the collision, including a woman who said she nearly struck the boy when he pulled in front of her vehicle. She said although she was able to avoid a collision, Fields’ view of the boy was blocked until it was too late to avoid striking him.

 When police arrived, Walker said the boy was on the ground and his bicycle was wedged beneath the truck.

The boy was airlifted by PHI Air Medical to the University of Kentucky Hospital. No update on his condition was available.

Assisting on scene were Sgt. Randy Medlock, officers Jeremy Shell and Jordan Hopkins, as well as members of the Laurel Ambulance Co., London/Laurel Rescue Squad and PHI Air Medical.