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7-year-old boy flown to hospital after struck by vehicle while riding bicycle in Vermilion

'The bicyclist traveled completely into the westbound lane of travel and was struck by a westbound vehicle driven by a 17-year-old from Fairview Park.'
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VERMILION, Ohio — A 7-year-old boy was taken by Life Flight to a Cleveland hospital Thursday after he was struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle in Vermilion Township.

It happened around 7:44 p.m. on U.S. 6 near mile marker 24, according to the Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Authorities say the boy was riding his bike westbound on the shoulder of U.S. 6 while his babysitter was walking behind him pushing a stroller.

“The bicyclist traveled completely into the westbound lane of travel and was struck by a westbound vehicle driven by a 17-year-old from Fairview Park,” authorities said in a press release. “The westbound vehicle attempted to brake and swerve to the left, but was unable to avoid the collision.”

Both the vehicle and bicycle came to rest in the center of the roadway.

The child was flown to the hospital. The driver of the vehicle was not hurt in the incident and was wearing her seat belt, authorities said.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Vermilion Township Fire Department and L&M Towing.

The crash remains under investigation. No additional details were immediately available, but we will update this story if new information is released.

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