Police: Distracted driver hit student on bike in Woodbury
Woodbury police said a distracted driver hit a teenager riding his bike to school Friday morning.
The 14-year-old boy was crossing Pioneer Road in a marked crosswalk at Bailey Ridge when he was hit by a vehicle traveling south on Pioneer Road, Woodbury police spokeswoman Michelle Okada said.
The driver, a 24-year-old Stillwater woman, was distracted by her phone, according to police.
The teen, who was not believed to be wearing a helmet, was conscious at the scene but suffered “significant” non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
Criminal charges are pending until the extent of the teen’s injuries are confirmed, Okada said.
The crash was reported at 7:36 a.m.
The Bailey Ridge-Pioneer Road intersection is south of Lake Road and Lake Middle School.
“First and foremost, we were saddened to hear of the accident this morning,” School District 833 communications director Barb Brown said. “We wish the family, specifically the student, a rapid and full recovery from the incident.”
The school district used crossing guards at the intersection until December 2015. The district could not sustain a crossing guard for the few students who were using that option and requested that students use an alternative route that would take them to corners with crossing guards closer to Lake Middle School, communications director Barb Brown said. A letter to the affected parents said the change went into effect in early January 2016.
Bailey Ridge is on the west side of Pioneer Road. A walking path from that intersection north toward Lake Middle School is on the east side of Pioneer Road.
Brown said the district and city are aware of the intersection and its concerns.
“We will again have conversations with the city of Woodbury to ensure we have safe routes to school for those that reside within the 1.5-mile walking radius,” she said.
Lake Middle School Principal Molly Roeske emailed families Friday about the crash. Roeske said students may have witnessed the crash and that counselors were available if they showed signs of stress or needed support.