6-year-old Rohnert Park boy survives being run over by dump truck
Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 8:52 a.m.
A 6-year-old Rohnert Park boy was injured Monday when he was run over by a 10-wheel dump truck while riding his bicycle in a crosswalk on Rohnert Park Expressway.
The boy suffered only scrapes on his arm in the accident but his bicycle helmet was split in two and a large section was smashed by the truck's rear tires, according to Rohnert Park police.
Police Sgt. Aaron Johnson said the boy was riding his bike across the expressway at State Farm Dr. at 5 p.m. followed by his mother.
According to witnesses, Johnson said the light turned green as the boy got in front of the truck. “Based on the location of the boy, the driver of the truck could not see him and began to proceed.”
Witnesses told police the boy was hit by the front bumper and he and his bike were sucked underneath the truck.
“The truck made a left turn while the boy was thrashing around underneath. Based on the path of the rear tires, the small child ended up tumbling out from under the right fuel tank area and landed clear of the rear dual tires,” Johnson said.
The truck driver was unaware of the accident and a witness flagged down the dump truck, police said. The driver then return to the scene.
“Preliminary investigation results indicate that the two (the 6-year-old and his mother) should not have been in the crosswalk,” Johnson said.
“Regardless of who was a fault, this little fellow and his mother are okay and that is what is important,” Johnson said.
The boy was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital by ambulance where he was treated for superficial scratches on his arm, police said.
Johnson, a member of the Rohnert Park Traffic Team, said “bicycles must follow the rules of the road. Drivers do not expect bicycles to be coming from the right.” He said the boy should have been off of his bicycle and walking it across the street.
And, Johnson said those crossing a street must pay attention to the signals. “The flashing hand means pedestrians need to stay on the sidewalk and wait for the light to cycle. Contrary to popular belief it does not mean run across the intersection and hope for the best.”