13-year-old bicyclist injured after being hit by car in Greenville

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:44 am on Friday, September 14, 2012

People gathered on Clay Street late Thursday afternoon after a 13-year-old who was riding his bike was hit by car exiting a parking lot. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — A 13-year-old boy from Greenville suffered minor injuries after being struck by a car while on his bicycle.

The Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to Clay Street between M-57 and Cass Street around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Sgt. Jamie Sorsen said a green Chrysler was pulling out of a private lot between St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and attorney John Raven’s office on Clay Street.

“The bike was traveling north on the sidewalk at a high rate of speed and swerved in front of the vehicle,” Sorsen said.

The Chrysler was being driven by a 17-year-old female from Greenville.

The bicyclist suffered minor injuries to his left leg, but it was not broken. He was treated on scene by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services and released to his parents.

No citations were given.


Bicycle safety

Det. Chad Aniszko said in the city of Greenville, people are encouraged to ride their bikes on sidewalks.

“Except through the downtown area where someone could be injured coming out of a business,” Aniszko said.

He encourages adults and children to check with the Greenville Department of Public Safety in regard to what is required when riding a bike in Greenville. Some required factors include having brakes, reflectors and knowing the right-of-way rules.

The department also requires all riders to get a license for their bike through the city’s ordinance 42-161. This applies to anyone who operates a bicycle in the streets, sidewalks, alleys or public highways of the city.

This also helps the officers and the owners of a bicycle if it were to become stolen.

Fore more information on the complete ordinance, including fines, visit the Department of Public Safety in Greenville.

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