July 14, 2011
A seven-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was hit by a car on Saturday, July 9, while riding his bike in Lynchburg, Virginia.
The accident occurred around 3 p.m. in the 200 block of Chapel Lane near Old Forest Road. A 1997 Honda Accord driven by a 37-year-old Lynchburg woman struck the boy after he rode his bicycle into the road, according to WDBJ7.
The driver of the Accord called for help, and the boy was initially taken to Lynchburg General Hospital. He has since been airlifted to University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.
The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating the crash and urging anyone with information to call the Traffic Safety Unit at at 455-6047 or the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. They have not yet filed any charges.
WSET reports that the boy lives in Capital Heights, Maryland, and was in Lynchburg visiting family.
This was the second child to be hit by a car while riding his bicycle in Lynchburg this month. On Monday, July 4, a boy was hit by a car at the intersection of G and Norwood Streets after he failed to mind a stop sign.
Do you think bicycle safety programs would help reduce the number of accidents for cyclists in Lynchburg?