10-year-old Spanaway boy on bicycle hit and killed

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SPANAWAY — A 10-year-old Spanaway boy on a bicycle was hit and killed Thursday night when he turned his bike into the path of a pickup truck as he left a friend’s driveway to ride home, Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The 64-year-old Spanaway man driving the truck slammed on his breaks and wasn’t impaired, Troyer said, adding that it was just a tragic accident.

The child — a fifth-grader who was on spring break from Naches Trail Elementary — was not wearing a helmet, Troyer said.

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5 comments

  • Guest

    I always see adults wearing bycicle helmets riding their bycicles and kids on bikes not wearing any kind of safety equipment at all.
    WHAT IS WRONG WITH PARENTS?
    DON'T THEY CARE AT ALL ABOUT THEIR KIDS SAFETY?
    LEARN FROM THIS TRAGEDY AND OUTFIT YOUR KIDS TO RIDE THEIR BIKES SAFELY WITH HELMETS IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!
    THEIR SAFETY IS UP TO YOU.
    NO EXCUSES!!

  • Guest

    Corrected spelling
    I always see adults wearing bycicle helmets riding their bicycles and kids on bikes not wearing any kind of safety equipment at all.
    WHAT IS WRONG WITH PARENTS?
    DON'T THEY CARE AT ALL ABOUT THEIR KIDS SAFETY?
    LEARN FROM THIS TRAGEDY AND OUTFIT YOUR KIDS TO RIDE THEIR BIKES SAFELY WITH HELMETS IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!
    THEIR SAFETY IS UP TO YOU.
    NO EXCUSES!!

    • mat

      we grew up riding with out helmets. we were taught to pay attention to where we were going. Who is to say if a helmet would have helped or not.

  • Bruce Jorgensen, DC

    When your kid says he won't ride with a helmet, sell the bike. The little inconvenience of a helmet is insignificant compared with a lifetime of caring for a child with a traumatic brain injury. Adults, always wear your helmet when riding with your kids because the do want to grow up just like mom or dad. Be a good teacher and example of the way it needs to be done.


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