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Two youths were hospitalized Saturday afternoon when their dirt bike struck a car in Westwood.
The driver of the dirt bike, 9-year-old Ryan Cook, along with his passenger, 18-year-old Austin Smithson, were both transported to River Park after the 2:30 p.m. accident.
Darlene Rogers was the driver of the car that was hit by the dirt bike at the intersection of Rivermont Drive and Boyd Avenue. Rogers reportedly had the right of way as police said the dirt bike, which is not street legal, ran a stop sign in the residential neighborhood.
Several eyewitnesses said Rogers initially left the scene and later returned on foot.
Both boys were unconscious when Westwood resident Chris Cochran arrived on the scene.
“They were both lying there and I didn’t know what had happened or if they were alive or dead,” said Cochran. “They were both unconscious and I thought they might have hit a pole or something. The younger boy came to first and he started saying they were hit by a car. I didn’t know what he was talking about because there wasn’t a car anywhere around.”
Alan Roberts said he heard a loud boom from his house and rushed to the intersection to provide assistance. The younger boy was reportedly wearing a helmet, while the older boy was not.
Rogers was reportedly traveling on Rivermont and driving toward the river when the dirt bike crossed Boyd Avenue without stopping and hit her vehicle, a 2008 Kia. Rogers was visibly shaken.
Nearby resident Shannon Haston, also one of the first to arrive on the scene, said she believes the intersection should be a four-way stop.