Fairbanks boy dies of injuries from bike accident

Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) A 12-year-old Fairbanks boy died Tuesday from injuries sustained when he crossed a South Fairbanks road on his bicycle and was struck by a truck.

Patrick McDonald died at about 7 a.m. at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

He was such a good little kid,'' said Tim McDonald, the boy's uncle.

He said the family had received good news about Patrick's chances of recovering just a few days ago, but that the prognosis changed after his blood pressure rose.

The boy and his sister were on bikes with their mother May 1 on their way to pick up a van that was having its winter tires replaced. Patrick attempted to cross Peger Road and was struck.

He crossed when he shouldn't have crossed,'' Mary McDonald, the boy's aunt, told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner last week.

Patrick underwent surgery to remove his spleen and his pancreas was damaged, but no bones were broken.

Police declined to release the driver's name, saying he will not be cited. Police said the truck was traveling under the 40 mph speed limit.

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