Bicyclist Hit by Car in Rockfall

12-year-old victim transported to Hartford Hospital via Life Star helicopter.


A 12-year-old boy was airlifted to Hartford Hospital Saturday morning after being hit by a car in Rockfall.

The boy was riding his bike when he was struck by a car backing out of 107 Main Street shortly after 9 a.m., police said. The driver did not notice the boy and continued backing up, pinning the bike and the boy under the vehicle, according to police.

The victim was transported to Hartford Hospital via Life Star helicopter. His injuries are said to be non-life threatening.

It's not clear if the driver is facing any charges.

Brigid June 09, 2012 at 10:26 PM
This is so horrible. I'm praying very hard.
Bill June 10, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I hope this young Man is O.K. I don't know who's fault this was,,but schools out soon and there will be alot more young ones out and about...the night before around 7pm there was a group of young ones on skate boards and bicycles playing on the paved edge of both sides of main st near the K- Club..this is just up the street from where todays accident occured...My thought then was,,,It would not take much for an driver to swerve to the edge of the road and wipe them all out... Parents please get your children out of the street and into a back yard or bring them down to Peckham Park,,,there's a nice skate board park there....Maybe the school system can find the time to teach the students some summer safety before they get out of school..Then the students can teach there parents... Lets hope for an safe and fun filled Summer....
Jay Gatsby June 10, 2012 at 12:40 AM
All very good advice. Everyone should be careful as summer approaches: kids and drivers.
Jennifer Schulten June 10, 2012 at 02:01 AM
My son regularly rides his bike to school and my husband rides thousands of miles to work each year. Hearing of my son's school-mate being in an accident is distressing. I am keenly aware of the dangers of cycling and I read this with a very heavy heart. I don't know the details of the accident. The mantra in our family is to expect that no car is looking your way. You need to be hyper alert especially passing drive-ways and parked cars. I agree that before any child rides on to any road, cul-de-sac or open, a parent or someone with experience needs to thoroughly train him or her to do so properly. My own son didn't ride alone until I had cycled the route to school with him many times. Beyond wearing a helmet and knowing turn signals, there is much more to know. Drivers, please think. I direct Go Far, a youth based fitness program in town and Ill make a biking safety class a priority in the very near future. I wish him and his family our best thoughts. Be safe everyone.
Libby Krall June 11, 2012 at 04:20 PM
My son Ben, was not "riding" his bike. He was walking his bike and paused behind a stationary car in the parking lot. This was by no means an error on his bike riding awareness this was an error of an SUV driver who was not paying attention even as my son and his friends were screaming for her to stop she- ran him over dragging him and his bike under her car and she kept on going with him under her car for another 20 feet. It is a miracle he is alive but he has sustained serious injuries. The discussion should be about SUV drivers paying more attention! Libby krall Molkenthin
Knickerbocker June 11, 2012 at 04:46 PM
My wife and I will certainly be praying for your son. It is a sad truth today that drivers are just too distracted. This combined with speed and high off the ground vehicles is a very lethal combination. I am not sure of the type of distraction involved in this case but I can only surmise living / driving in this area. Every commercial on distracted driving focuses on texting but it is also cell phone use, eating, makeup, etc. Although how anyone can text and drive at the same time is beyond me. I just read a CNN poll last week that stated that something like 50% of US senior’s text while driving. If cell phone talking while driving is equivalent to being a drunk driver, then texting must be equivalent to CRACK use! And the problem ,it seems, will only be getting worse with new so-called “smart” devices installed in new cars to call, surf the web, etc. Technology innovation is fine but there is proper place for its usage. I use to be an avid biker in my earlier days and I am just too scared to travel on the roads I use too venture on.
Brigid June 11, 2012 at 04:58 PM
How horrible for all of you, Libby. Prayers continue for Ben's speedy recovery. Hopefully justice will be served.
Michael Hayes (Editor) June 11, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Thank you Libby for taking the time to comment here. I certainly wish Ben a speedy recovery and if there's anything the community can do to help please let us know.
Jennifer Schulten June 11, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Libby. When I found out your son was injured I didn't sleep. Ben's a smart and wonderful kid. I understand that it wasn't your son's error and you are 110 percent right about the SUV driver paying more attention. My husband has been hit twice by cars coming out of driveways, once that had me rushing to the hospital. Both incidents were driver error. I don't rest easy on this horrible type of incident. My point in the above comment is that no cyclist can ever trust a driver. The more cyclist are aware of this, the safer we'll be. I wish your family well.
Bill June 18, 2012 at 12:21 AM
How's Ben Doing ?


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