Bike vs. car crash sends McCormick Middle School student to hospital

By Kelsey Leyva -

A young boy was hospitalized Friday after riding his bike into the side of a moving car while on his way to school.

Angela Phillips was headed east on West Herrick in a 2003 Chevy Malibu around 7:30 a.m. when she crossed the train tracks and was preparing to turn onto Depot Street, according to police chief Tim Barfield.

The child, whose name was not released, was also traveling east on West Herrick and wasn’t far behind.

He tried to cross Depot Street when the Malibu was already in the intersection and ended up running into the rear passenger side door.

The boy was taken to Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin.

“They thought he had a broken wrist but when they got him to the hospital it was not broken and he had some road rash,” said Wellington Schools superintendent Dennis Mock. “It was fortunate that he wasn’t hurt.”

Fred Swanson of the South Lorain County Ambulance District said the patient’s right wrist was the main concern and it was splinted because of the pain.

There was minor damage to the car, including scratches and a dent, but the bike seemed to be undamaged.

“It was scary mainly because there is a lot of construction and a lot of traffic being rerouted and probably people either in cars, on bikes, or walking that aren’t familiar with those areas,” Mock said.

But the police chief isn’t convinced traffic was a factor.

“He should have looked,” Barfield said. “I think that the young boy probably just wasn’t paying attention as good as he should have and kept riding along.”

The incident is under investigation and Barfield could not confirm whether any citations were issued.

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By Kelsey Leyva