Warning comes after 11 year old was struck by a truck

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

With the time change bringing darkness earlier in the evenings, the Alice Police Department is warning that children on bicycles need to be especially careful when riding after dark.

The warning comes after an 11-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle while he was riding a bicycle on Olmito Street last week.

According to Alice Police Department reports, the boy was traveling north on Olmito Street shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday when he failed to yield at an intersection and was struck by a 1997 Dodge Pickup truck.

The boy was transported by ambulance to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice and was later flown by HALO-Flight to Driscoll Children's Hospital.

He was later released and is reportedly home with his family.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 43-year-old Alice woman, was not found to be at fault for the accident.

She was ticketed, however, for driving while her license was invalid, not having insurance, expired inspection sticker and expired license plate sticker, according to Alice Police Department reports.

Alice Police Chief Danny Bueno said Tuesday that although drivers need to constantly be on the lookout for children in residential areas, bicyclists also have a responsibility when they ride.

"Kids riding bikes have to yield to vehicles on the right of way. That's always been a fact," Bueno said.

"They have to be careful when they make right turns, left turns and when they cross intersections, just like everybody else."