Bicyclist,15, hurt in accident

Grand Junction police said Saturday that alcohol was a factor in a vehicle-bicycle accident Friday night that left a 15-year-old Grand Junction boy with serious injuries.

The crash happened at 9:25 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and Palmer Street on Orchard Mesa.

The boy was crossing the highway when a 1997 Chevrolet passenger car traveling east struck him and knocked him off his bicycle. The boy was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, where he had surgery for multiple serious injuries, police said. His condition wasn’t immediately known.

The Chevrolet, which was occupied by a 58-year-old driver and his wife, remained at the scene, Sgt. Jim Creasy said. The couple’s names and hometowns weren’t released.

Creasy said police think the driver of the Chevrolet may have been drinking.

“We believe alcohol was a factor in the accident. To what extent is what we’re still investigating,” he said.

Creasy said officers are also looking into whether the boy had any fault in the accident.

No arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing.


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