Girl on bike injured in encounter with box truck

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A Kilgore teenager was injured Wednesday afternoon when her bicycle crossed paths with a local delivery truck.

The 15-year-old girl was hurt and dazed after the incident – investigators aren’t sure if she was struck by the vehicle or if she crashed her bike trying to avoid it. Kilgore Police Officers would like to talk to the driver: he stopped, briefly, to check on the girl, then left when she said she was OK.

Not longer after, however, she was being examined first by Kilgore firefighters then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for additional treatment.

KPD Traffic Officer Justin Romine interviewed a handful of young witnesses on the scene Wednesday, other children riding bikes and playing in the neighborhood, but more information’s necessary.

“It was some type of delivery van with a male driver. We don’t have a company or a license plate,” Lt. Johnathan Gage reported. The incident isn’t necessarily a hit-and-run: “There was no evidence at the time that there was actually contact between her and the vehicle.

“We went ahead and went with the report since she was kind of not sure or unable to answer at the scene, and she did seek medical attention after that. He did stop and ask her if she was OK, and she said she was OK then he left.”

The driver or anyone with further details on the incident can contact KPD at 903-983-1559, Gage added.

The girl sustained injuries to her head, neck and back, according to her father, Joseph Watts. He was inside their home when she stumbled in about 3 p.m.

“They speed through here all the time,” Watts said, gesturing down the short street, numerous children out playing. “I complain about speed bumps. The sign is up there. Come on now. God only knows it could have been worse.”

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