Young bicyclist struck on Kearns Boulevard
A driver hit a young bicyclist at the busy Kearns Boulevard-Bonanza Drive-Monitor Drive intersection midday Wednesday, drawing a quick response by police and medical crews.
Marty Howard, a Park City police officer who responded, said the boy on the bicycle was knocked over but not injured. Howard said the boy is approximately 12 years old and lives on Monitor Drive. He was not wearing a helmet, Howard said, adding that the boy was "very lucky" he was not injured.
Howard said the boy crossed Kearns Boulevard at the intersection heading toward Park Meadows. The male driver was heading westbound on Kearns Boulevard when he hit the boy, Howard said.
Howard said the boy, who was alone, crossed Kearns Boulevard against a red light. He said the driver will not be ticketed.
"He tried to beat the light. He knew he’d done something wrong," Howard said about the boy, saying that the boy "took a chance."
Howard said the driver is not from Park City, but he did not release additional information about the man.
"The driver was not at fault in the least," Howard said.
Park City police officers, an ambulance crew and at least one Utah Highway Patrol trooper converged on the scene at 12:30 p.m. Traffic backed up for a short time as the emergency personnel made sure the boy was fine.
Police officers were stationed in the intersection directing traffic while the medical crew attended to the boy. A row of traffic cones was placed on the road to keep drivers from straying toward the accident scene.
Students in the Park City School District recently started their summer vacation, and they have been seen riding bikes on many of Park City’s busy roads. The police have long urged drivers to be aware of the bicyclists and have wanted the bicyclists to follow safety precautions like crossing streets with a light.
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Arlene Loble served as the Park City manager in the 1980s, a pivotal period that prepared the community for the boom years that would follow in the 1990s. Loble, who recently died, is credited with introducing a level of professionalism to the municipal government that was needed amid the growth challenges.