Spring Lake teen hurt in car-bicycle accident

A 13-year-old Spring Lake girl was injured Tuesday afternoon when she was struck by a car while riding her bike across Savidge Street, police said. "She was conscious and alert the whole time,' said Sgt. Curt Theune of the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department. "She had an abrasion on the right elbow and her chief complaint was hip pain.' The girl, who police declined to identify, was taken by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital after the 3 p.m. accident. Her condition was unknown.
Becky Vargo
Oct 5, 2011


The girl is a Spring Lake Middle School student. A school official confirmed she was not in class today.

Theune said the girl told him she thought she had the green light, so she proceeded to ride across Savidge Street. He said all witness accounts were that the green light was for traffic on Savidge Street.

The girl made it across the two eastbound lanes and one westbound lane before being struck by a van traveling west on the outside lane of Savidge, Theune said.

A westbound pickup truck pulling a trailer with landscape equipment managed to avoid hitting the girl, but the driver of the van in the outside lane never saw her, Theune said. The bicycle struck the front driver’s side of the van.

The officer said the girl was not wearing a helmet.

“She was very fortunate she was not more badly injured,” Theune said. “The speed limit is 30 (mph) in that area and things could have been a lot worse.”

Spring Lake Township firefighters assisted at the scene.

Theune said he can’t stress enough that bicyclists should use helmets.

“I have been doing this a long time and have seen many head injuries,” he said. “I tell people — anything that has wheels, bikes, skateboards, Rollerblades, mo-peds, motorcycles, you should wear a helmet.”


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