Altus Police investigated two separate vehicle and pedestrian accidents on Sunday afternoon involving minor children.
According to Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy, the first was reported at approximately 3:45 p.m. near the intersection of Peacock Lane and Peacock Circle. Murphy said that a 16-year-old driver of a 2015 Chevy pick up was north bound on Peacock Lane when a 6-year-old child, who was riding a bicycle, entered the roadway from a concrete water drainage on the east side of the road.
“The driver told police he never saw the child, but thought he had hit something and stopped and exited his vehicle,” Murphy said. “He saw a small child sitting near the edge of the roadway. The child was taken to his home, which was nearby, and was later transported to Jackson County Memorial Hospital by EMS personnel.”
Murphy said that the child had minor injuries and was later released. He added that the 16-year-old driver of the pick up was not cited.
The second bicycle and pedestrian accident was reported shortly after 5 p.m. at the intersection of “F” Street and Loyd Street. The driver of a 1987 Dodge pick up, driven Howard Shoumake, was west bound on F st. approaching Loyd Street when the accident happened.
“He told police he stopped when he saw a child riding a bicycle,” said Murphy. “The child struck the Shoumake vehicle, ejecting the 13-year-old from the bicycle. The 13-year-old male was wearing headphones at the time of the collision.”
Murphy said that the bicycle rider was transported to Jackson County Memorial Hospital by EMS personnel with minor injuries. He was and later released. No citations were issued.
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