[UPDATE Monday] 14-Year-Old Boy Strikes Vehicle With Bicycle

Humboldt State University Police Department

[Stock photo by Oliver Cory]

Just before 5:30 p.m., a 14-year-old boy struck by a vehicle in the Shelter Cove area near the intersection of Lower Pacific Drive and Dolphin Drive.

The boy is conscious and breathing, according to scanner traffic. However, he reportedly has several injuries–including a head laceration and scratches.

UPDATE 5:53 p.m.: Reach medical helicopter has been requested and is expected to land nearby at 6:20 p.m.

UPDATE 7 p.m.: Reach helicopter has left the Cove.

UPDATE 8:57 p.m.: According to Shelter Cove Fire’s Public Information Officer, Cheryl Antony, the boy was riding a bike with no brakes and he was not wearing a helmet. “He kinda ran a stop sign on Dolphin and hit a passing vehicle on Lower Pacific,” she explained. “You could see where his head hit the windshield. It made it shatter in a circular pattern.”

“Thankfully we had our advanced life support,” she said. “We have a paramedic who has the training and the experience needed to make the right decisions.”

UPDATE 9 p.m.: According to a family member, the boy has no internal bleeding but he does have two to three broken ribs and a concussion.  The family is awaiting the results of the MRI and cat scans now. 

“He’s lucid, coherent, and in good spirits,” she said, though he doesn’t remember the accident. She added, “Tell kids to WEAR THEIR DAMN HELMETS when they’re on top of anything other than their own two feet!!!!!!”
UPDATE Monday: Press release from the CHP:

On August 27, 2017 at approximately 1720 hours, a mountain bike being driven by a 14 year old male juvenile was traveling southbound on Dolphin Drive at approximately 10 miles per hour, approaching Lower Pacific Drive. A 1998 Mazda being driven by Patrick Michael Fenton of Whitethorn was traveling westbound on Lower Pacific Drive at approximately 25 miles per hour, approaching Dolphin Drive. For reasons still under investigation, the juvenile fail to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Dolphin Drive and Lower Pacific Drive and continued directly into the path of the approaching Mazda. The Bicycle struck the right front fender of the Mazda and the Juvenile was ejected. As a result of the collision the Juvenile sustained moderate injuries. The juvenile was transported by Reach Air Ambulance to Saint Joseph Hospital.

The California Highway Patrol, Sheltor Cove Fire, City Ambulance and Reach Air Ambulance all responded to the scene. This collision remains under investigation by the Garberville CHP and alcohol/drugs does not appear to be a factor.

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