Children on bicycles hit by cars

girl critically hurt

April 27, 1999|By Greg Garland | Greg Garland,SUN STAFF

Two children riding bicycles were injured -- one critically -- in separate incidents in Anne Arundel County yesterday when they rode into the paths of oncoming vehicles. Police said neither child was wearing a safety helmet.

Shelby E. Tribull, 8, of the 1100 block of St. George Drive, was in critical condition last night at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, a hospital spokesman said. Shelby was air-lifted to Hopkins after she was struck by a car at Skyway Drive and Hampton Road in Arnold about 3: 30 p.m.

Anne Arundel County Police Officer John R. Bull said Shelby was riding her bike down a hill on Skyway Drive and went through an intersection at Hampton Road and into the path of a Ford Aerostar van.

The driver of the van, who was traveling below the 25-mph speed limit posted for the road, was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the youngster, Bull said. He said the girl was thrown about 75 to 100 feet.

"She was unconscious, but breathing," Bull said. "She appeared to have head, abdomen and hip injuries."

In the other incident, Victor E. Perkins, 13, of the 1100 block of Annis Squam Harbour, Pasadena, was struck by a van about 4: 40 p.m. at Ritchie Highway and Americana Circle, across from Marley Station Mall, police said.

The Hopkins spokesman said he was in fair condition last night.

Anne Arundel County Police Officer David Kase said the youth apparently did not look as he was crossing Ritchie Highway at Americana Circle and was hit by a van headed north on Ritchie Highway.

The van's driver was traveling the speed limit of 45 mph, Kase said.

"This kid's lucky," Kase said, noting that most of Victor's injuries appeared to be bruises and "road rash" after he was thrown 20 to 25 feet.

Pub Date: 4/27/99

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