Boy, 12, fatally struck when bike pedaled through stop sign, police say

Driver will not be charged in West Baltimore incident

August 20, 2010|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A 12-year-old boy who was killed Thursday afternoon in West Baltimore was struck by a vehicle after pedaling through a stop sign and losing control of his bicycle.

Police said the boy, identified as Joshua Blackwell of the 4000 block of Bateman Ave., was riding slightly ahead of a group of eight to 10 other children in the 2200 block of Lyndhurst Ave. at about 4:20 p.m. when he went through the stop sign.

He tried to brake and lost control of the bike, sliding under a 2006 Honda Element, which had been traveling southbound on Windsor Mill Road.

The boy suffered significant head trauma and was taken to St. Agnes Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said the driver, a 47-year-old woman, would not face charges after investigators determined the accident was the result of the boy's actions.

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