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9-year-old cyclist escapes serious injury in Friday crash

Mom wants speed limit reduced, stop signs

Allison Dieterle

Allison Dieterle

A child bicyclist hit by a car in Prescott early Friday evening and taken by ambulance to Yavapai Regional Medical Center was not seriously injured, according to the child’s mother.

“I am so thankful my daughter was not hurt too badly,” said Jamie Wilcox. “Fortunately, she just has some scratches and bruises.”

The incident occurred on Whetstine Avenue between Ruth Street and Northside Drive at about 6 p.m. and involved Wilcox’s 9-year-old daughter, Allison Dieterle, and an unidentified female motorist, who reportedly told police she did not see the young cyclist because the sun was in her eyes.

According to Wilcox, Allison was knocked unconscious by the impact of the collision, which also seriously damaged her bicycle.

“The police came to my door and told me about the accident,” Wilcox said. “We live two blocks away from where she was hit. I showed up just as they were loading her into the ambulance.”

Wilcox said her daughter, who was wearing a helmet, regained consciousness at the scene.

“The concern was head trauma,” Wilcox said. “My daughter had back pain and they were worried about internal hemorrhaging but thankfully, all the tests came back OK and so we got to go home in about three hours.”

Wilcox said the intersection near where the accident occurred is dangerous. “The traffic is really bad. People drive through there really fast, cutting through on their way to the high school.”

Wilcox said Saturday night that she intends to “put together a petition” for other concerned area residents to sign urging the Prescott City Council to lower the speed limit in the neighborhood and put up new, four-way stop signs at the intersection of Northside and Whetstine.

“This is very alarming and cause for pause because my daughter was doing everything we taught her to do to be safe,” said Wilcox, adding she was told by police the driver was not ticketed because “she was going the 25-mph speed limit” at the time of the collision and “she was not impaired.”

The Prescott Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for more details about the Friday night accident.

“I am very grateful that my daughter was not seriously hurt and would like to use this opportunity to draw attention to the hazards on Whetstine between Willow Creek and Ruth,” Wilcox said.

“I would love to see the speed limit reduced to 15 miles per hour. There are a lot of schools in the area and we have to go through that same intersection every time we go to the YMCA, take a walk or ride our bikes.”

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