Nine-Year-Old Killed in Bicycle Accident on the Way to School in Sarasota
SARASOTA, FL – According to an online news report at wfla.com, a nine year old boy was hit and killed on a bicycle as he was going to school in Sarasota, Florida.*
Right before 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019, a nine year old boy was on his way to his third grade class when he was tragically hit and killed on his bicycle. His fifth grade sister was in front of him at the time of the accident.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, police note that the sister and brother were located in a crosswalk at the intersection of Nodosa Drive and Webber Street. At the same time, a twenty five year old woman who was driving in a Chevrolet Silverado was attempting to turn off of Nodosa Drive onto Webber Street. "Unfortunately, she did not see the 9-year-old bicyclist. The bicyclist was struck by the vehicle and dragged approximately 15 feet," per the Florida Highway Patrol.
The boy was taken to a local hospital but died an hour later due to the severity of his injuries. The driver of the Silverado noted that "I seen the kid’s sister and so I was stopped already. And I seen her coming across and she kept looking back and I made sure and I looked the other way to see if anybody else was coming," the woman told us. "I didn’t see anybody so by that time I guess he had already been in front of my truck and - he was sitting so low I couldn’t see him in front of my truck."
At this time, she gathered that something wasn’t right. She stated to reporters that she had heard a noise and looked back and saw the child laying in the road. She quickly exited her vehicle, tried to help him, and called 911. The woman notes that this is all she could do. She didn’t even see the child when she hit him.
There are no further details on the accident at this time. The crash remains under investigation by the local police.
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