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Bradenton police: Bicyclist, 13, ran stop sign before he was struck, seriously injured by car

Bradenton police say he is in guarded condition in St. Petersburg hospital

BRADENTON -- A 13-year-old boy was seriously injured Wednesday evening when he was hit by a car as he rode his bicycle into its path, according to Bradenton Police Department.

At about 6 p.m., the boy was riding south in the 1700 block of 13th Street West when the crash occurred, according to a police report.

"By all witnesses' accounts and the driver's account, he literally blew through the stop sign, didn't look to see if any cars were coming and literally rode right into the car's path," said Bradenton Police Sgt. David Sullivan, supervisor of traffic homicide investigations.

The boy was flown by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg under a trauma alert, then was transferred to All Children's Hospital.

"He is still in guarded condition at All Children's Hospital," Sullivan said Thursday. "As of 8 a.m. this morning, he was talking to nurses. They are going to run more tests today and we will get a better sense of his injuries by tomorrow morning."

The driver of the car will not face charges, according to Sullivan.

"There was nothing the driver could do," he said.

As his standard procedure, Bradenton police have launched a preliminary traffic homicide investigation, which includes holding the driver's car. Police are performing a thorough inspection of the car.

Mechanical error is known not to be the cause of the crash, but police will still complete an inspection of the car.

"Everyone is being cooperative," Sullivan said.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.

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