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Motorists encouraged to be cautious around children on bikes, scooters

One 10-year-old child already has been injured
General Editor
   June 4, 2003 — On May 25, 10-year-old Juan Hernandez of Madras was injured in an accident at Oak and Eighth streets, after he was struck by a car while riding a Big Wheel tricycle.
   The arriving Madras Police officer was told by witnesses that the boy had entered the intersection without stopping. A car involved attempted to swerve to avoid hitting the boy, but the tricycle hit the car's passenger door at a high rate of speed. The driver pulled to the side of the road, but then fled on foot.
   One of the witnesses, who said he was a passenger in the car, later was determined to have been the driver. Jorge Solis Jr. of Prineville was arrested on charges of driving while uninsured and without a driver's license, and hit and run vehicle accident with injury.
   The boy was taken to the hospital with a compound fracture of his left leg, and was transferred to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for surgery.
   Now that school is out, motorists are cautioned to be on the lookout for increased numbers of children and teens using in-line skates, scooters, bicycles, skateboards and large tricycles on city streets.
   One serious accident, mentioned above, has already occurred, and hopefully further ones can be avoided if drivers stay alert and slow down. Parents should also caution their children about darting out into streets without stopping.