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Lowell Boy Struck by Car

May 25, 2019

LOWELL — A 9-year-old Lowell boy was struck by a car while on his bicycle on West Third Street in the city’s Centralville neighborhood at around 4 p.m. Saturday.

The boy was transported by ambulance to an area hospital, where he is in stable condition, Lowell police Capt. James Hodgdon said a couple hours after the crash.

The driver of the Honda sedan that struck the child remained on scene. The police accident reconstruction team was called to investigate the incident, according to Hodgdon.

Desarae, a relative of the 9-year-old who only provided her first name, stood alongside West Third Street, holding a bloodied white T-shirt, moments after the ambulance removed the child from the scene.

She said she used the shirt in an attempt to stop the boy’s bleeding. She also displayed a photo she took with her cellphone of the deep, 4-inch gash to the boy’s head.

“He just ran up to the door and he said, ‘I just got hit by a car!’” Desarae said. “I said, ‘What?!’ I thought maybe he had been tapped, but when he turned, that’s when you could see the blood going down the other side of his body.”

Despite the wound, she said the boy was alert and telling her about the accident. The 9-year-old told her he was on the bicycle when he jumped the curb between a pair of vehicles, parked parallel to the curb, and in front of the car.

She added the boy was adamant that the accident was his fault. He even apologized to the driver for causing the mishap, Desarae said.

The driver also stood alongside West Third Street after the accident. His vehicle showed a crack to the front bumper on the right passenger’s side. The bicycle, laying in the road nearby the car, had a mangled front wheel.

“I tried to dodge him, but it didn’t go too well,” said the driver, who wished to remain anonymous.

Police taped off West Third Street between Forestview Avenue and Clifton Place during the investigation.

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