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8/23/2013 8:11:00 AM
Teen with bike struck by vehicle after crossing against red light
Prescott Valley Tribune

A vehicle struck a 14-year-old male as he attempted to cross Lakeshore Drive with his bicycle on Wednesday night.

According to Central Yavapai Fire District Fire Marshal Rick Chase, the incident occurred just before 8 p.m. at the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Glassford Hill Road. LifeLine Ambulance transported the teen to the Yavapai Medical Center east campus. Native Air later flew him to a Phoenix-area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The teen traveled east on Glassford Hill Road with a friend when he was struck, said Prescott Valley Police Department Cmdr. Art Askew. Both crossed against a red light when the incident occurred, he added.

"A driver headed southbound on Glassford Hill Road didn't see them as they were in the crosswalk, and struck one of the kids as he was running with his bike. The driver was checked for impairment. There was no impairment and no violation by the driver. The boys were crossing on a red light when they were not supposed to be crossing," Askew said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: gary chamberlain


I don't believe anyone would wish anyone ill-will as you're suggesting but there are too many examples of poor judgment causing unexpected consequences.

One good outcome could be a lesson learned and passed on by this young man to his children if he should have any some day.

A teaching-learning opportunity.

Gary Chamberlain
Cornville AZ-USA
Vietnam veteran

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: Sabrina Roberts

I have six kids of my own and I was a kid once. I can't believe how insensitive you so-called people are. What if that was your child or grand babies? What is wrong with humanity today to say the things I read? It makes me sick to know so many people out there don't care about anyone's feelings or safety. And as for irresponsible, he was in the cross walk and a pedestrian. I know, in the Arizona driver's manual we all studied to get a driver's licenses, it says right there pedestrians always have the right of way no matter what. So it sounds to me like it was the driver's responsibility to watch the road at all times. So before you people think you have to say heartless things about a sad thing that happened to a child you should stop to think, "What if this was my family?"

Posted: Sunday, September 1, 2013
Article comment by: gary chamberlain

Rick Allen about sums it up.

If you act irresponsibly ...... there could be a price.

Bet the "Kid" became a little wiser? or maybe not!

Gary Chamberlain
Cornville AZ - USA
Vietnam veteran

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Article comment by: RICK ALLEN

A couple of things, they crossed on a red light and it does not matter if others do it or who does it. If you do it then you run the chance of getting hurt or killed, and that is their fault period. Just because others do it, does not change the fact that if you do it, it your fault and no one elses, period.

Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Article comment by: Hailey Chappell

This story is all wrong, i was right behind him when this all happend. The police didnt even get my statment. We had the right to walk cause the light was still red when we started walking. It wasnt his fault at all. Nobody deserves this to happen to them!

Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Article comment by: Kelly Beckering

it should not matter if the lights were red or green, driving is a privilege and you need to drive with caution at all times. that area is lite up and you can see if there is someone in the road. some people in this town dont care about the children who live here and thats the real crime. we were all young once try to remember that.

Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Article comment by: Audrey Parker

While it is the law that cyclists obey the same traffic rules as motorists, it is a fact that many do not. I have seen adults in Prescott Valley blithely riding down the center of the road on their bikes. Monkey see, monkey do, the kids follow suit. I always drive defensively but I've added an extra layer to that: whenever I see people, children standing at the light, I watch them carefully to see what they are likely to do. These two were lucky. I hope lessons were learned.

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: Obey The Law

First I'm so sorry this happend to this child BUT there is a reason why there are green lights to cross. These kids should know better then to cross the street against a red light.
I feel bad for not only this boy's parents but for that driver who hit him. May everyone heal with time.

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