A 13-year-old from Alvordton was transported by medical helicopter from the scene of a bicycle and vehicle crash Thursday and remained hospitalized in serious condition as of Friday afternoon, according to the Defiance Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The agency is currently investigating the crash, which occurred at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 20, near County Road 21.50, near Alvordton.
According to a release from OSHP, a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup truck, operated by Enerest Noel, 58, of Marcellus, Michigan, was westbound on U.S. 20 when it sideswiped the juvenile on a bicycle, which was also westbound on 20, while attempting to pass. According to OSHP Lt. Robert Ashenfelter, the road was intended to be closed to through traffic due to construction.
The bicyclist sustained serious injuries and was taken from the scene by medical helicopter to be treated in Toledo, where he remains. Noel was not injured in the crash.
No charges have yet been filed, and neither speed, nor alcohol or drugs are believed to have been factors at this time, Ashenfelter said.
Williams County Sheriff’s Office, Millcreek-West Unity Fire Department, Fayette Fire Department and Fulton County EMS also assisted at the scene.
The OSHP reminded motorists to use caution when passing bicyclists. Ashenfelter cautioned to use visible (blinker) and audible (horn taps) signals when passing a bicyclist and to maintain at least three feet of space.
“As school starts back up, everyone needs to be cognizant of children moving around to and from sports and after-school activities,” he said.