Boy on bike hits minivan |

Boy on bike hits minivan

A 9-year-old boy on a mountain bike suffered minor injuries Tuesday afternoon when he rode into a minivan attempting to turn north out of a parking lot on Ski Run Boulevard.

Paramedics took the South Lake Tahoe boy to Barton Memorial Hospital for treatment of abrasions and bruises, said South Lake Tahoe Police Officer Don Zlendick. The name of the boy was not released.

The driver of the gold Mazda minivan said he never saw the boy coming as he attempted a turn out of the Ski Run Village Parking Lot.

“He just appeared in front of my car,” said Neil Schernerhorn, 43, of Elk Grove, Calif. “I was going about 2 mph. I think he hit me harder than I hit him.”

The boy was riding his bike on the wrong side of the road going south in the northbound lane, but police said they will not cite him.

“We don’t ticket 9-year-olds,” Zlendick said. “The fact he was wearing a bike helmet probably saved him from some major injuries.”

The accident occurred at 2:45 p.m. just south of Paradise Avenue and Ski Run, slowing traffic for about 20 minutes. The collision created a small dent in the hood of the minivan but did not damage the bike.

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