An 8-year-old girl was listed in good condition Wednesday night after she was struck by an SUV while on her bicycle and dragged at least 20 feet, according to one witness.
The girl, identified by neighbors as Piper Pruitt, rode her bicycle down a private driveway, onto Conway Drive and into the path of an oncoming Chevrolet Equinox at Charlotte Drive, Ohio Highway Patrol Sgt. Erika Englund said. The accident occurred at about 5 p.m.
The child, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered head and facial injuries and initially was determined to be in critical condition, Englund said.
A Mad River Twp.-Enon Fire Department crew transported the child to Enon Elementary, where a waiting CareFlight helicopter took her to Dayton Children’s Medical Center, officials said at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle, William Blevins, said he didn’t have time to stop or swerve as he drove west through the intersection.
Englund confirmed Blevins’ vehicle had the right of way. There is no stop sign for westbound traffic at the intersection.
Blevins said he’s lived in the area for 30 years and sees children frequently ride down that hill.
Neighbor Leslie Brewer’s 11-year-old son Ryan said he saw the vehicle hit Piper and drag her about 20 feet, prompting him to called 911. His twin sister, Kaitlin, is best friends with Piper and also saw the crash, Leslie Brewer said.
“I wish they’d put a stop sign there,” she said. “I knew this would happen sooner or later.”
The investigation will be turned over to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office, which will determine if charges will be filed.