Girl suffers broken leg in truck/motorbike collision

Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion A 16-year-old girl on a motorbike was struck by a white Chevy truck when she attemped to cross Kalifornsky Beach Road between VIP Drive and Bowpicker Lane Wednesday at about 2:30 p.m. in Kenai. Alaska State Troopers said the girl sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Central Peninsula Hospital. The minor was wearing a helmet, but troopers said she did not look before she crossed the street.

A 16-year-old girl riding a motorbike sustained non-life threatening injuries after a truck hit her when she attempted to cross Kalifornsky Beach Road Wednesday afternoon.

Alaska State Troopers and Central Emergency Services responded to the accident at about 2:30 p.m. on K-Beach Road between VIP Drive and Bowpicker Lane. Trooper Ronny Simmons said the girl was on a dirtbike heading southbound along with a 17-year-old boy on a ATV. The boy rode ahead of her and she crossed the street in front of a white Chevy pickup. The truck wasn’t able to stop in time and struck the bike, he said.

“All eyewitness reports conclude she didn’t stop or look and came out in front of the pickup,” Simmons said.

The driver of the truck, Luke Demientieff, did not suffer any injuries. The truck sustained minor damage to the front end and was towed because it leaked fluid, Simmons said. Demientieff was not charged 

The girl was wearing a helmet. CES Health and Safety officer Brad Nelson said the girl was conscious and talking while CES paramedics transported her to Central Peninsula Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Simmons said he checked on the girl at the hospital and she was being treated for a broken leg. She also sustained four broken ribs and a concussion.

Alaska Department of Transportation crews are in the process of constructing a pathway on the Cook Inlet side of Kalifornsky Beach Road. Simmons said the girl came off a trail on WestWay Road and attempted to cross from one trail to another.

 

Reach Dan Balmer at daniel.balmer@peninsulaclarion.com.

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