DISTRACTED DRIVER HITS BOY ON BIKE IN INTERSECTION
WCCO news recently reported that the family of a 14-year-old boy on a bicycle that was hit by a distracted driver is speaking out.
The eighth grader was on his bike crossing Pioneer Trail at Bailey Ridge Drive in Woodbury yesterday morning when he was hit by a woman driving an SUV. Woodbury Police say they believe she was on her phone. The victim’s family is now calling for change at the busy intersection.
The boy’s father said his son was biking to Lake Middle School that morning — something he’s done for years. “He remembers entering the intersection, he remembers a car faintly coming, and that’s about the last of it,” the father said.
The boy was hit by a 24-year-old woman driving a large vehicle. Police say she was distracted. Several neighbors saw the accident and called the father. “I wasn’t prepared for it,” he said. “You’re never prepared for something like that.”
The intersection has been a point of discussion with the school district after the crossing guard was removed before the academic year. “We would like to see something like that restored,” he said. “A number of families in the area, just because everybody is a little bit freaked out right now, since it could have been one of their own kids.”
The boy was taken to Regions Hospital and had surgery Friday night. He’ll spend a couple of more days at Children’s after he suffered a broken femur and he has some bleeding on his brain, but he is expected to be OK. “Neighbors that saw him said he went maybe 30 or 40 feet, just to have a conversation with him, I’m blown away.”
The father is hoping something can be done to make the intersection safer. “Hopefully something like this will be a catalyst for change.”
Car accidents caused by distracted a distracted driver are becoming more frequent, probably because there are so many new distractions in cars. Cell phone use, texting, and entertainment systems call out to the driver and result in the driver taking their eyes off the road. Unfortunately it just takes a moment for a tragic car accident to occur. A boy on his bike lawfully crossing an intersection should not have to be endangered by a distracted driver. If you or a family member are injured in a car accident or bicycle accident in Minnesota please call us and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation. We will advise you and make sure your rights are protected.