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Teen cyclist collides with vehicle at Main and Clinton streets

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 12:01 am

A teen riding his bike was taken by ambulance to a local hospital after he made contact with a car at around 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Main and Clinton streets.

The boy was headed southbound on Clinton when he was struck by a westbound burgundy Pontiac on Main.

A witness to the accident, Aaron Kraft, ran to the boy after the collision. He said there were two different accounts of how the incident occurred. He said he believes the male driver of the Pontiac was traveling 15-20 mph at the time the collision occurred, given the nature of the vehicle's damage and the manner in which the boy was thrown from his bike.

"The light was green," the man driving the Pontiac said as he approached the intersection to speak with emergency responders.

The Pontiac's windshield on the passenger side was cracked and its passenger side side-view mirror was torn off and left lying on the curb.

A driver got out of her car and stayed at the victim's side until an ambulance arrived. As he lay on the ground, the victim instructed his friend to take care of his bike. His friend lifted the white and purple bike from the street and put it on the curb.

Minutes before, the teenage victim was riding his bike and performing tricks with his friends in Freimann Square.

The friends, also on bikes, said the victim was in his late-teens and often rode around town on his bike.

Emergency vehicles arrived soon after the collision, and the scene was cleared by about 7:05 p.m. The victim was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. The victim's condition is currently unknown.