Boy OK after van hits him on bicycle
A 12-year-old Chino Valley boy suffered minor injuries early Friday afternoon when a minivan hit him as he improperly crossed East Road 2 North on his bike.
D.J. Parker, a seventh grader at Heritage Middle School and son of Chino Valley Fire District Capt. Danny Parker, broke his left leg and collarbone in the accident.
Chino Valley Fire District and Lifeline Ambulance paramedics applied first aid to Parker at the scene around 12:15 p.m.
Paramedics took Parker to Yavapai Regional Medical Center West in Prescott, where he was later treated and released Friday.
The accident happened a block east of Highway 89 on Road 2 North behind the Safeway grocery store on 1031 N. Highway 89.
Following an early release from school, Parker was riding his bike with a couple of friends in the paved alley behind Safeway when he jetted out in front of a minivan traveling west on Road 2 North.
As he crossed the street from the north, a van traveling 25 to 30 mph hit Parker, and he rolled up onto the vehicle's windshield and fell to the ground, Chino Valley Fire District Battalion Chief Jack Miller said.
"He just said that he looked and saw the van, and 'Boom!' he got hit," said Danny Parker, who was off-duty when the accident occurred but went to the hospital with his son. "Him and some friends were going to ride their bikes over to the skate park."
Sherry and David Brown saw the accident from their vehicle as they were driving east on Road 2 North.
"The boy did some kind of a trick - a jump in the air - and the car was coming, not real fast," Sherry said. "The driver could not avoid him. He didn't look in the street or turn his head to look for traffic at all."