Traverse City Record-Eagle

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August 9, 2012

Boy hurt critically at fair

Williamsburg six-year-old hit by truck while on bike

TRAVERSE CITY — A pickup truck struck and critically injured a 6-year-old bicyclist at the Northwestern Michigan Fair, a tragic incident that marred the region's signature agricultural event.

The child, a boy from Williamsburg, was riding his bike on a service drive on the far eastern edge of the fairgrounds when a truck driven by a Kingsley man, 39, struck him. The accident occurred Wednesday shortly before 8 a.m.

The boy, whose family was at the fair to show livestock, was rushed to Munson Medical Center, then taken to a hospital in Grand Rapids, where he was listed in critical but stable condition Wednesday afternoon.

"It's laying heavy on our hearts," said Dana Cederquist, fair director. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We are all trying to pull together and help the family in any way we can."

The accident unfolded near the fair's calving barn. Grand Traverse County Undersheriff Nathan Alger said the pickup driver was leaving the area, but stopped, backed up and hit the child.

"The officers on scene relayed that the driver had forgotten something and backed up and that's when he struck the child," Alger said.

The identities of the boy and the driver were not immediately released. Alger said an investigation continues and no charges or citations were issued at the scene.

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