A young child was struck by a car Monday afternoon while he was riding his bicycle through his neighborhood near Ballenger Creek Middle School south of Frederick, authorities said.
Police responded to a call from Lyndale Way just before 5 p.m. A Maryland State Police helicopter arrived and transported the child, a 6-year-old boy, to a hospital as a precaution, said Battalion Chief Paul "Doug" Wallick, of the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services. As of Monday night, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office was unable to report on the child's condition and said an investigation is ongoing.
The boy was riding his bike, playing with a large group of children from the neighborhood when he was struck. He was somewhat separated from the group when it happened, witnesses said.
“We try to keep the little ones from riding this way,” said Eric Anderson, a resident of Lyndale Way, gesturing to the entrance of the neighborhood. Anderson's son was playing with the group when the collision occurred, and went to his dad for help when he saw what had happened.
“All of these kids here are community kids,” Anderson said. “We try to keep them safe.”
Parents from the surrounding homes, many of whom gathered to see the helicopter transport, expressed concern about their children's safety on the neighborhood streets.
“Our kids, they ride their bikes to school everyday,” said Rob Helfand, who lives nearby and has two sons, ages 10 and 12. “We worry at the stop signs. I think at the side streets it's usually not an issue.”
— Lizzy McLellan