Boy hit by car while cycling in Dublin

12-year-old suffers broken arm after being pinned under vehicle

A 12-year-old Wells Middle School student broke his arm in a couple of places when he was hit by and trapped underneath a car Wednesday morning outside of Dublin High School, a police captain said.

The collision was first reported at 7:51 a.m. near the high school at 8151 Village Parkway, police and fire officials said.

The boy was on a bicycle riding on the sidewalk and the driver of the car was pulling out of a parking lot when the collision occurred, police Capt. Garrett Holmes said.

The driver was looking left to check traffic and when he pulled out he did not see the boy, Holmes said.

Police are not planning to arrest the driver, a 72-year-old man, because they determined no criminal action occurred, according to Holmes.

The boy was likely to spend the night in the hospital for observation, police said. He had some abrasions besides the broken bones.

The boy was wearing a helmet.

"He's very, very lucky," Holmes said of the boy. "This could have been terrible."

Firefighters used a hydraulic airbag system and the Jaws of Life to lift the car to rescue the boy.

"They had to lift it up pretty high" because he was entwined with the car, Holmes said.

Paramedics landed a helicopter on the high school's softball field to take the boy to Children's Hospital in Oakland for treatment.

The driver of the car was at the high school dropping off his granddaughter before the collision, police said.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Ms. Bunny
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 18, 2016 at 8:25 am

It's surprising that people on bikes aren't hurt more often. They seldom pay attention to the rules and, apparently, the police look the other way rather than ticket them.

Allowing children, or anyone, to ride a bike on the sidewalk is dangerous for them, for people walking on the sidewalk and for drivers who don't expect them to cross their paths.

More attention should be given to bike safety. It's a growing problem.

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Posted by Robbie
a resident of Danville
on Feb 18, 2016 at 11:51 am

Whats wrong with you 'Ms Bunny?' Show some empathy for the child and appreciation for emergency and law enforceement !

He was probably on the sidewalk to avoid the busy street and be safe! Sorry if a 12 year old trying to be safe is threatening to you or if you think of the child as rogue. The driver apparently didn't look both ways before proceeding on to the roadway. So he would be at fault and didn't obey the driver handbook ( DMV).

Have a heart. If you have one.

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