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Child Critically Injured in Bike Accident on 47

No citations issued, fundraiser set up for medical expenses

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A Marengo boy was critically injured when his bicycle collided with a pickup truck in Woodstock May 28. Police from neighboring jurisdictions work on scene near Irving Avenue and Route 47. Photo: Alex Vucha/WFRD

At 9:13 p.m., crews from the Woodstock Police Department and Woodstock Fire/Rescue District responded to the scene of a crash near the intersection of Irving Avenue and Route 47. 

According to WPD Deputy Chief Jeffrey Parsons, a 13-year old boy was riding his bicycle with a friend when the boy turned in front of a 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup truck. The driver was unable to stop and the bicyclist collided with the truck’s front bumper. The boy’s injuries were believed to be life-threatening and Flight For Life was dispatched. 

The incident is still under investigation. It does not appear the driver of the truck will be cited, Parsons said. 

The names of the victim and driver have not been released by police because they are juveniles.

The boy, who was in serious condition when he left the scene, was transported to Centegra Hospital-McHenry, where he was stabilized and transferred to Lutheran General, according to WFRD Captain Scott Nieman. 

A GoFundMe page started for the boy says he is in a coma after suffering brain and skull injuries as a result of the accident. The page, which says it was created by the boy’s cousin, has a goal of raising $20,000 to help cover his  medical expenses. It can be viewed at www.gofundme.com/3viwbow.

Due to the severity of the injuries, the Major Crash Assistance Team was activated and other departments assisted WPD at the scene. MCAT is a multi-jurisidictional crash investigation team.

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