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Truckee juvenile injured in dirt bike accident

Jenny Goldsmith
Sierra Sun

A 14-year-old Truckee resident was airlifted to a Reno hospital Thursday after striking the front bumper of a pickup truck and subsequently ejecting from his dirt bike.

The unidentified juvenile was traveling northbound on Walden Road near Truckee’s Glenshire neighborhood at approximately 4 p.m. on Thursday when he attempted to make a left turn onto Tewksbury Road, said authorities with the California Highway Patrol.

As the juvenile rounded the corner, a pickup truck approached the intersection heading eastbound on Tewksbury Road, said CHP Officer James Rexius, who responded to the collision.

“The driver saw the dirt bike coming in front of him and locked his brakes to avoid him,” Rexius said. “But the kid on the dirt bike cut the curve too hard and wasn’t able to turn safely.”

The juvenile struck his left knee on the truck’s front bumper, ejected from his dirt bike and landed on rocky ground near the road, sustaining major injuries to his left leg and head, Rexius said.

The California Highway Patrol and the Truckee Fire Protection District responded to the accident, and based on the severity of his injuries, fire department officials requested the juvenile be transported by Careflight to Renown Medical Center in Reno, Rexius said.

The juvenile remains in Renown’s pediatric intensive care unit, but is in satisfactory condition, meaning his vitals are stable, hospital officials said Friday.

The 14-year-old was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, and no alcohol was involved with the accident, Rexius said.

“Because he was riding on private property, he doesn’t have to be licensed,” Rexius said. “But if you’re underage, you need to use more caution.”

In addition, there were no skid marks left from the dirt bike to determine the speed of the rider, and there is not a stop sign at either crossroad, Rexius said.

“I’m sure the traffic at that intersection is usually pretty light, but it just takes one time when someone is coming for an accident like this to occur,” Rexius said.