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Youth hurt when bicycle, car collide on Stone River Road

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com · 340-2438

A youngster was injured Saturday afternoon when his bicycle collided with a car on Stone River Road Southwest near St. Luke United Methodist Church.

Police at the scene said an ambulance transported him to Decatur General Hospital. Police did not release his name or age. The accident occurred about 2:30 p.m.

The driver, Jason Williams, 25, of 607 Denise Drive S.W., said he was traveling at a normal speed west toward Danville Road when the bicycle suddenly appeared in front of him.

Williams said the boy came from a driveway on the back parking lot of the church, from alongside a privacy fence, which blocked his view.

He said he attempted to avoid the accident but the right front panel of his car struck the bike.

“Otherwise, it would have been head-on,” Williams said. He said the impact threw the boy into his front windshield, shattering the right side.

“He fell to the ground, but as I approached him, he stood up,” Williams said. “I told him to sit back down because I didn’t know how seriously he was injured.”

Williams said the boy was not wearing a helmet. Witnesses said he was riding with three friends, each on a bicycle.

Williams’ mother, Lisa Blevins, a nurse who lives nearby on Prescott Lane, said, “It is a parent’s worst fear and a
driver’s when a child is struck by a car.”

Williams said he did not believe the boy’s injuries were serious.

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