A 6-year-old girl escaped serious injury Tuesday afternoon when her bicycle was hit by a car in Westwood.
Police say the girl’s bike rolled through a stop sign and into the path of the oncoming 2012 Nissan Altima driven by Kylie Simerly, 16, at the intersection of Westwood Drive and Rivermont Drive. They collided at a low speed at the bottom of the hill where the child had been riding.
“Ms. Simerly saw what was about to happen and hit her brakes so she did the right thing,” said McMinnville Police Lt. Mark Mara. “This could have been a lot worse than it was. As it was, the car was almost stopped when they collided.”
The child was checked at the scene for injuries by ambulance personnel. Mara pointed out the girl was not wearing a helmet, something required for all bike riders.