Child injured in Thursday bike crash
June 1, 2012
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A 12-year-old boy suffered a possible broken arm after being struck by a tractor-trailer at the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and Lyons Avenue Thursday afternoon.
About 2 p.m. the boy was listening to music on headphones and was trying to cross Highway 50 against a red traffic signal when he collided with the side of the truck, according to a Friday statement from the city.
“The bicyclist said he did not see or hear the truck because he had his headphones on,” according to the statement. “He was also not wearing a helmet. The truck driver was not found to be at fault at the scene.”
The statement reminds bicyclists that they are required to follow the same traffic laws as cars and that bicyclists under 18 years old are legally required to wear a helmet.
Parents can be cited for allowing their children to ride without a helmet. Police are not seeking criminal prosecution as a result of Thursday’s incident, according to the statement.