April 16, 2014

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Teen bike rider killed in collision with car on Route 57

ELYRIA – A North Ridgeville teenager died Saturday afternoon after he was struck by a van while riding his bicycle across state Route 57 at East Broad Street.

Alexander B. Sismour, 14, died of multiple injuries to his head and body, according to Lorain County Deputy Coroner Frank Miller. The boy was pronounced dead at 4:40 p.m. in the emergency room of EMH Medical Center in Elyria as medical personnel worked to resuscitate him, Miller said.

The teen died about an hour after he was struck by a woman driving a blue 2001 Dodge Caravan minivan on Route 57. The driver, who was identified in police reports as Stacy R. Stanford, 45, of Elyria, was released after being questioned at the scene by police, according to Lt. Phil Hammonds. No charges had been filed, but the woman’s vehicle was impounded as part of the accident investigation, according to Hammonds, who was called to the scene of the crash, which occurred at 3:48 p.m.

According to police reports, Sismour and a couple of other youths were westbound on their bicycles on East Broad Street. “It appears he was going east to west across the road (Route 57) from East Broad Street at the time,” Hammonds said.

Stanford, who had her 10-year-old daughter in the van with her at the time of the accident, police said, was northbound and approaching the intersection when her vehicle and the bicyclist collided.

“It appears there were three (youths) total and the other two had already crossed,” Hammonds said. “They (Sismour’s companions) were not in the roadway at the time. He (Sismour) may have been the last to cross. From the initial investigation it appears the woman had the green light.”

Reports said Sismour had stopped his white mountain bike in the crosswalk before he began to cross Route 57. He then stopped between the inner and outer northbound lanes of 57, leading Stanford to swerve into the outer lane to avoid hitting the teen. Police said the driver’s front side of the minivan struck the rear tire of the boy’s bike.

The woman’s speed was listed as 50 mph, which was the posted speed limit, police said. Neither Stanford nor her daughter was injured, according to reports.

Miller said the boy is survived by his father, Brian Sismour, but he had no other immediate information about other family members.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.