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Bike accident – 4/5 student hits car


Bike accident – 4/5 student hits car

W. Ponce De Leon Avenue. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
W. Ponce De Leon Avenue. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

W. Ponce De Leon Avenue. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt.

Decatur Police say a 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue student hit another vehicle while riding his bike home from school on Oakview Road on Tuesday afternoon.

The boy apparently swerved after passing a parked car and hit a vehicle that was traveling in the opposite direction around the 700 block of Oakview at approximately 2:40 pm, police said.

“A 9-year-old cyclist was traveling eastbound and upon passing a parked vehicle, veered into the oncoming lane and struck a vehicle traveling westbound with the edge of the handlebar of his bicycle,” Decatur Police Sgt. Jennifer Ross said. “The child fell off of his bicycle and sustained minor injuries.  The child was transported to an area hospital for examination.”

One reader, a mom, asked if the boy was riding with traffic or against it.

“He was riding with traffic but passed a parked car and crossed the double yellow line and rode into the oncoming lane, on the wrong side of the road, as a vehicle was passing in that oncoming lane,” Ross said.

This is the second time this month there’s been a traffic accident involving a cyclist in Decatur.

On May 6 – also a Tuesday afternoon – cyclist Laura Quade, 26, was stopped at the westbound inside lane of West Ponce de Leon Avenue at the Water Street intersection. She was preparing to turn left when she was rear-ended by a Cadillac. Quade was severely injured.

This story has been updated. Police have updated their statement to correct the time listed in the original report.