Driver of truck saw one bicycle pass, slowed almost to a stop at time of collision with boy on second bicycle

A motorist's observational skills and driving habits helped ensure that a boy avoided more serious injuries when his truck and the boy's bicycle collided on Monday afternoon in downtown Palmyra.

Ron Peer, Assistant Chief with the Palmyra Police Department, said officers received a report of a traffic accident involving a vehicle and a car at about 3:32 p.m. Monday, April 17. A bicycle ridden by a boy about 10 years of age was heading southbound when he ran through the stop sign at Spring and Church streets. Peer said the motorist had seen a bike cross his path just before, so he had slowed almost to a stop at the time of the accident.

The boy was not wearing a helmet, and no obvious injuries were visible. He complained of pain in his right knee, and was transported to Blessing Hospital by Marion County Ambulance.

Peer said the driver's focus on the road and his surroundings were key to the low speed of the impact and the outcome of comparatively minor injuries. Local law enforcement officials recommend that all bicyclists wear a helmet.

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