Kenai boy hit on bike

Posted: Sunday, May 23, 2004

A 10-year-old Kenai boy was seriously injured about 4 p.m. Friday after riding his bicycle into traffic and being hit by two vehicles.

Bobby Bushnell rode his bike onto Willow Street from the Country Foods parking lot and was hit by a 1992 Ford pickup truck in the southbound lane and a 1988 Volkswagen in the northbound lane, according to Kenai Police Sgt. Randy Kornfield.

Kenai police and fire departments responded to the scene and a Kenai ambulance transported Bushnell to Central Peninsula General Hospital, where he was stabilized, then airlifted to Anchorage. He is in a coma in critical condition at the Children's Hospital at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

"At this point the investigation is still continuing," Kornfield said. "My understanding is the child was not wearing a helmet. I believe his injuries are predominantly head injuries and thoracic injuries."

Nolan Compton, 49, of Kenai was driving the truck and Zachary Koecher, 19, of Cooper Landing was driving the Volkswagen. Neither driver was injured.

Though the investigation is not complete, Kornfield speculated that Bushnell rode into the street without giving the drivers enough time to stop and avoid hitting him.

"At this point it appears that the child is at fault, that he rode into traffic without stopping. ... It does not appear the vehicle operators are at fault."

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