Youth OK after accident

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A 13-year-old boy was hit by a Ford Explorer near the intersection of Eighth Street and Yampa Avenue on Thursday evening.

The boy was taken by ambulance to The Memorial Hospital. He was conscious and speaking to paramedics at the scene. The extent of his injuries was not available.

The driver, a 54-year-old woman, told police she had no time to avoid the teen, who rode into Eighth Street traffic after exiting the alley between Yampa and Breeze Street. Bystanders told police there was no way the woman could have missed the boy.

Neighbors said several children were riding their bikes in and out of the alley moments before the accident. The children often ride in that location, witnesses told police.

One witness said the children were playing "follow the leader."

Ironically, a sign advising drivers to watch out for children stood near the scene of the accident. The sign, which read, "Kids and Cars Don't Mix," was posted only a few feet from where emergency personnel were hovered over the victim.

Craig Police Officer Corey Wagner said he did not anticipate citing the driver of the Explorer. Wagner said he was waiting to receive some witness statements, however.

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress.com.

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