Boy collides with car near LaVerkin Elementary

LAVERKIN – Motorists passing near LaVerkin Elementary School may have noticed first responders in the area around 8:45 a.m., Thursday. Both the Utah Highway Patrol and LaVerkin City Police confirmed that the accident involved a child riding a bicycle into a car.

A 7-8 year-old boy was riding his bicycle westbound through an intersection where westbound traffic had just been given a green light, UHP Trooper Joe Pastor said.

As the boy ran through the red light,  one driver in the left-turn lane did notice him and stopped, but the car in the next lane driving straight-through the intersection did not see him. The driver of the second car proceeded through on the green light and the boy ran his bicycle into the side of the vehicle.

UHP and LaVerkin City Police responded to the scene.

The boy was reported to be conscious and alert following the collision, LaVerkin Police Chief Lloyd Waktins said. He did not sustain any serious injuries and was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center as a precaution.

The boy was not wearing a bicycle helmet, Pastor said.

No citations were issued.

St. George News reporter Michael Flynn contributed to this report.

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6 Comments

  • Rheanna November 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Can we please have our School Zone Lights back in LaVerkin? Please?
    I sure hope this little guy was ok!

  • philiplo November 14, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    And could parents PLEASE put bicycle helmets on the kids? Please?

  • Matthew Sevald November 14, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    And could parents PLEASE teach their children respect for the road and situational awareness? Please?
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    There, I think we now have the discussion back to where it really belongs.

  • philiplo November 14, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    It says he was “riding his bicycle westbound through an intersection where westbound traffic had just been given a green light.” So he had a green?
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    But then it says, “The driver of the second car proceeded through on the green light and the boy ran his bicycle into the side of the vehicle.”
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    So if the boy was heading west on a green light, and the car had a green light…??

  • Loretta Prince November 15, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Where there is a school, a driver has to be extremely vigilant. Children make errors. That’s why they are children. We need to watch out for them. This is located too close to where my grandchildren live. More prominently placed school signs? Maybe some pictures of vengeful grandmas and what they’d do to a driver who doesn’t pay adequate attention where little kids cross streets?

  • philiplo November 15, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    And maybe a helmet for junior!!

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