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Child struck by vehicle on Mechanic Street flown to Children's National Medical Center

July 13, 2012|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com
  • A six-year-old girl is put into Trooper 3 after being struck by a car while riding a bicycle on Mechanic St. in Hagerstown Friday afternoon. The child was flown to Children's Hospital. The helicopter landed in the former County Market parking lot.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — A young bicyclist who rode through an intersection without stopping was hit by a car Friday, Hagerstown Police said.

Police said in a news release that a Maryland State Police helicopter flew the bicyclist, who was not identified, to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The hospital had no information available on Friday night about the child’s condition.

Police said the child had what appeared to be a fractured leg and numerous cuts and scrapes.

The collision happened at about 3:30 p.m.

Ashley Duvall said she was driving on Mechanic Street, toward Burhans Boulevard, when a girl on a bicycle came from Carrolton Avenue onto Mechanic Street and rode in front of her car.

Duvall, who was driving a Ford sedan, said she hit the brakes but hit the girl and bicycle. She rushed to help the girl, who was asking for help getting up. Duvall said she didn’t want to move the girl and make her injuries worse.

A police officer told Duvall the girl is 6 years old, Duvall said.

Terry Poole Sr. said he heard the thump from the collision and called 911.

Poole and his neighbor across the street, Frannie Miller, said children often ride their bicycles from Carrolton Avenue onto Mechanic Street without stopping or watching for traffic.

Duvall, the mother of a 6-year-old and a 2-year-old, is new to the neighborhood. She said this is her first full week living on Mitchell Avenue, a few blocks from the collision.

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