A 10-year-old Hoquiam boy will spend his summer in a cast after being struck by a vehicle while riding his bike Monday evening.
Sgt. Jeff Salstrom at the Hoquiam Police Department said it was reported at about 5:35 p.m. on June 18th. Police and fire units were called to a traffic collision involving a 2007 Dodge Durango and a 10-year-old boy on a bicycle at the intersection of 3rd and K Streets.
Upon arrival, officers learned the 10-year-old boy had been riding his bicycle eastbound on 3rd Street. He did not stop for the stop signs at the intersection and rode into the path of the northbound Dodge Durango driven by a 36-year-old Ocean Shores woman. The driver braked rapidly to avoid a collision with the boy but was unable to stop in time. The boy was struck and thrown to the ground. Fortunately, the vehicle had been traveling at the speed limit.
The 10-year-old boy suffered a severe leg injury. He was treated by Hoquiam Fire Department medics and then transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital by ambulance. The boy had two fractures to his lower leg and is in a cast. According to his mother, he was to be released from the hospital later Tuesday.
Salstrom added that the 10-year-old boy was not wearing a bicycle helmet but luckily he did not strike his head in the collision. The Hoquiam Police Department reminds parents and guardians that helmets are required for anyone under the age of 18 riding a bicycle in Hoquiam.