Vigo County—This afternoon around 3:00, Indiana State Police and Terre Haute Fire/Rescue/EMS units responded to the area of 18th and Farrington Streets in Terre Haute for a bicycle versus van collision. One child was transported for injuries.
Preliminary investigation revealed a seven-year-old boy was southbound in an alleyway approaching Farrington Street. The boy is alleged to have applied his brakes, but a possible brake malfunction caused his bicycle to not stop, and sent him into the path of a westbound on Farrington Street, 2005 Chrysler van, driven by 60-year-old Mary R. Kidwell of Terre Haute, IN. Upon impact, the young rider was thrown from the bike prior to the van traveling over the bicycle. The young boy was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for a possible fractured leg and other injuries, believed to be non-life threatening. He was not wearing a safety helmet, but he is not required to. Ms. Kidwell appeared to not have adequate time to properly brake as the bicyclist suddenly appeared in her path.
Drugs and alcohol were not a factor and no citations were issued.
His parents were notified and are with him at this time.
The crash was investigated by ISP Trooper Courtland Woodruff. Assisting were Terre Haute Fire/Rescue/EMS units.
Pictures from the scene are attached.
Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
SOURCE: Indiana State Police – Putnamville District 53