KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – A 12-year-old girl released from the hospital is recovering from minor injuries after being hit by a car while crossing the street on her bicycle near at the intersection of Lincoln Park and Ackerman boulevards in Kettering.
Police say the girl was riding her bike across the cross walk, when a car came southbound and struck her head on. Police are now warning both bikers and drivers to be cautious at 4-way stop intersections.
“This is a good learning experience,” Kettering Police Officer John Jung said. “For people that are riding bicycles.”
At the time of the crash, police say the 12-year-old girl was crossing Ackerman Boulevard on her way to school when the she was hit by car. Officer John Jung with the Kettering Police Department is using Tuesday’s accident as a lesson to other cyclists that sometimes it’s okay to ride and other times it’s better to walk.
“Inside the crosswalk, in order to have the right-of-way and be a pedestrian, you need to walk the bike through the crosswalk,” Jung said. “By riding a bicycle through the crosswalk you kind of lose your rights as a pedestrian.”
The intersection doesn’t have a stop light, instead it’s a 4-way stop with a total of 8 stop signs. We wanted to know how many other crashes happened there so we checked the records. We found that there were 3 other crashes reported in the last year, but none involved pedestrians.
“It’s a pretty safe area as long as people obey the speed limits,” Suzanne Drerup said. “And people on bike cycles obey the bike laws.”
“I think it’s safe,” Emma Beckett said. “I’ve never seen any issues. Everyone seems to go slow enough.”
In the crash, the girl’s bike was damaged, making it un rideable so Kettering Police and Kettering Bike Shop stepped in to help.
“The brake level was broken so we found a brake lever to repair so that the front brakes would be set up correctly,” Kettering Bike Shop Manager Chris Tegtmeyer said. “The rear brake mechanism was all bent up so I put a used rear brake mechinism on that.”
Kettering Bike Shop Manager Chris Tegtmeyer says he was happy to help out.
“I just wanted to do my good deed of the day and help her out and make sure that she could get to school.”
The 12-year-old was reunited with her newly repaired back Tuesday afternoon. The bike shop was able to repair the bike for free.