Bicyclist hit by car

By Merri Hanjora -

LIMA — A boy riding a BMX-style bicycle was struck by a 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser at about 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Leland and Cole streets in Lima.

According to Officer Matt Boss of the Lima Police Department, the child darted into traffic and was hit.

“There was nothing she could have done,” Boss said.

Because of the body build of a Chrysler PT Cruiser, the injuries suffered are different than from a flat or broader faced vehicle.

“Actually, in this case, probably [the car being a PT Cruiser] helped the child. Vehicles that have more of a point to them in the front, especially when they hit pedestrians, although anytime someone is hit by a car it’s not good, but it tends to pick the person up, instead of a blunt force impact. In this case, the vehicle threw him up and he hit his head on the windshield, and then obviously when he landed on the pavement it was probably the secondary impact that probably is going to be the worst part,” Boss said. “He was up and crying when officers arrived.”

The child was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center by the Lima Fire Department. The driver of the Chrysler PT Cruiser was not injured.

The child’s condition was unavailable late Monday.

By Merri Hanjora

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