Kids on bike escape injury in Elkhart hit-and-run
Posted: 08/17/2013 at 6:20 pm
By: Sharon Hernandez
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Jenny Masterson, left, comforts a young cyclist who was struck by a car as he and another boy were traveling near Lusher Avenue and Prairie Street Saturday, August 17, 2013, in Elkhart. The boys were only shaken up and no serious injuries were reported. Police were continuing to investigate as the car failed to stop and was seen speeding away from the scene. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
The Elkhart police and fire departments were dispatched at about 5:35 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, to Lusher Avenue and Prairie Street.
Sgt. Travis Snider of the Elkhart Police Department said two children riding a bicycle on Prairie were attempting to cross Lusher Avenue when a black car going west on Lusher Avenue struck the front tire of the bicycle.
Snider said one of the children was sitting on the handlebars of the bike, but both were OK.
Mary Gratz, a witness at the scene, said she saw the black car speeding and running a red light before hitting the bike’s front tire. The car did not stop afterward.
Gratz was riding an SUV going south on Prairie Street that had stopped at the intersection with Lusher.
“Another second and we would have been hit by the car,” she said. “Or those kids would be dead.”