New Castle News


June 12, 2014

Boy in fair condition after bicycle accident

NEW CASTLE — A 9-year-old boy is in fair condition in a Pittsburgh hospital after his bicycle hit a car Tuesday.

Matthew Rodgers of 604 Canyon St. was flown to Children’s Hospital from Jameson Hospital, where he had been taken by ambulance with an apparent head injury.

New Castle police reported Matthew had been riding west on Canyon Street around 5:30 p.m. and a car driven by Vannessa Burley, 21, of 705 Locust St. was northbound on Locust Street. Matthew failed to stop at a posted stop sign and hit the right front corner of Burley’s car, according to police.

Officers reported the back of Matthew’s head hit the car’s sideview mirror and the boy landed on his back on the road. Police said the back of the mirror was cracked and bent on its hinge, the car’s front fender was dented and the marker light was pulled out of the fender and broken.

Burley told police she heard a male scream Matthew’s name and the boy on a bicycle entered the road. She said she applied the brakes and steered to avoid hitting him, but the bike hit her car.

Police said Matthew was not wearing a helmet. Another cyclist said Matthew had lost his shoe and had gone into the road without stopping.

The investigating officer reported the bicycle’s rear brakes were out of adjustment.

Police said Burley was not injured.

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