14-year-old bicyclist hit by vehicle, hurt

CALEDONIA, Mich. (WOOD) — A 14-year-old bicyclist was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital after being hit by a vehicle Tuesday evening.

The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. on 100th Street at Alaska Avenue near Caledonia.

A 14-year-old and her 12-year-old sister, both from Caledonia, were riding their bicycles north on Alaska Avenue when the 14-year-old was struck by a westbound vehicle at 100th Street, Kent County sheriff’s deputies on the scene said. The pair was less than a block from home.

The vehicle was driven by 60-year-old Susan Stewart, also of Caledonia.

At the time of the accident, there was another vehicle traveling eastbound on 100th street which turned southbound on Alaska Avenue that police believe may have distracted and obstructed the girl’s view from the oncoming car.

Initial indications are that the 14-year-old did not wait for 100th Street traffic to clear before crossing the roadway, according to a press release. She was also not wearing a bicycle helmet.

The teen was airlifted to the hospital in serious condition and was upgraded to fair condition at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Tuesday night. She was later downgraded to non-life threatening injuries.

Speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.

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