Update: Child On Bicycle Struck By Vehicle In Kinston

Officials say a child who was riding a bicycle and struck by a minivan Friday in Kinston is in the hospital, and his condition is improving.

Police say the boy, who wasn't wearing a helmet, darted out in front of a minivan.

Officials say the driver was going the speed limit at 35 miles per hour. They say the driver will not be charged and the investigation is complete.

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Officials say a child riding a bicycle was struck by a vehicle in Kinston Friday, around 6:00 p.m.

The 9 year-old boy was taken to Lenoir Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Pitt Memorial Hospital. There is no word on his condition.

The accident happened at the interesction of Thompson and MLK.

Police say the boy, who wasn't wearing a helmet, darted out in front of a minivan.

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  • by Suzy Location: Kinston on May 13, 2010 at 10:24 PM
    I live in Kinston and I have called the cops twice while going down Vernon Ave. because kids were riding in the turning lane popping wheelies on their bikes, not wearing helmets may I add. Where are the parents of these outraged children??
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on May 9, 2010 at 09:08 AM
    I pray for the quick recovery of the child. I also pray that people will learn to follow the rules of the road when riding a bicycle, as if you were driving a vehicle. You still have to yield. You should ride with the traffic. You should follow all stop signs and stop lights. You should have the bike equipped with lights, if you choose to ride at night. Since you have nothing else to protect you, you should wear a helmet. You should also wear reflective clothing at night. I hope for a quick recovery and I hope today's children learn that they aren't invincible and that people driving these minivans have blind spots and can't stop on a dime.
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2010 at 08:25 AM
    Thank you MADDOG! You're alright!
  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on May 9, 2010 at 04:01 AM
    witn,I hope you will put this comment up. I want to say I put a few comment up here that a few people don't agree with and as far as that go,,I DON"T CARE I say what I feel and you all can do the same. But let me tell you this. I have been Driving for 30 years or more. Never had a ticket,never hit anyone, never even hit a dog or cat. Yes that right I have a PERFECT driving record. So ,,how many of you can say that and tell the truth. So say what you will but I am still MADDOG and I will be driving again today and trying to be SAFE about it. GOD BLESS and HAPPY MOTHER DAY to all Mother out there.HOPE you have a great one.
  • by Justice on May 8, 2010 at 11:05 PM
    anon at 6:50: So true, some kids and people on bikes thinks its funny, not realizing how fortunate they are that your son was driving and not maddog. We all realize when driving a vehicle how stupid some people can be with respecting the ovious disadvantage they have going up against 2tons of metal. Thankfully most drivers take the extra precaution to help save their lives when they do something so split second dumb. Just cause a driver may be "right" and say they ran out in front of me, and some accidents are blindly unforseeable. Drivers, when you see something ahead of you that looks precarious, make it a habit to ask yourself, what if? And perhaps save someones life even from their mistake.
  • by Anonymous on May 8, 2010 at 08:44 PM
    I almost hit a child, too. It was in the Food Lion checkout line. The child was opening the candies and eating them while the mother yakked on the phone. Good thing the cashier stopped the little tike. (I might have been sued)
  • by pete Location: grifton on May 8, 2010 at 06:42 PM
    surprised? not me. I almost hit a less than 2 year old female child in the parking lot of the new piggly wiggly in ayden just today. the mother was 25 yards away and going yada yada yada with a friend.It's called child neglect.
  • by Anonymous on May 8, 2010 at 03:50 PM
    I can understand where MADDOG is coming from. We were slowly driving in a community neighbor when we came across two children walking on the side of the road. We slowed down even more to "give room in case there is an error". The younger of the two children saw us coming, waited till we were 3-4 feet from him, and he decides to cross the road in front of us. My son had to hit the brakes. The boy and the girl he was with thought the whole thing was funny. It wouldn't have been funny if we had hit him!
  • by MADDOG Location: G on May 8, 2010 at 01:00 PM
  • by keisha Location: kinston on May 8, 2010 at 09:46 AM
    this is an unfortunate situation for both the driver and the child but we as adults all know kids will be kids and with that being said i think the parents need to pay more attention to their kids ...i am sorry but no child of mine would be trying to cross 4 lanes of trafic I PRAY THE LITTLE BOY BE OK
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