December 22, 2014

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Teen bicyclist critically injured after being hit by vehicle

LORAIN – A teenager riding a bike Wednesday on Washington Avenue was critically injured after he was hit by an oncoming car at an intersection.

Curtis Henderson, 52, of Lorain, was driving a 2000 Chevy Impala eastbound on Tower Boulevard at 6:08 p.m. Wednesday when he collided with a bicyclist in the intersection at Washington Avenue, according to a press release from the Lorain Police Department.

The bicyclist, a 14-year-old Lorain resident, was thrown from the bicycle and landed in the median.

After impact, Henderson ran off the road and into the median, where he hit a utility pole and a traffic sign before stopping. Both he and his passenger were uninjured in the crash.

The bicyclist, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, was taken from the scene by LifeCare to Mercy Regional Medical Center, where he was immediately taken by LifeFlight to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland with critical injuries, according to the release. He was still in critical condition on Wednesday morning.

The road in the area of the crash was closed while the scene was investigated. The traffic bureau was assisted by the Lorain Fire Department and Fritz’s Towing Service.

The accident is under investigation by the Traffic Bureau’s Accident Reconstruction Team. Neither alcohol nor drugs appears to be a factor in the crash, according to the release.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact the traffic bureau at (440) 204-2115.

The case will be presented to the prosecutor’s office once the investigation is complete. No charges have been filed at this time.