Teen struck by pickup truck in Fort Bend County dies at hospital

By Sophia Beausoleil - Reporter, Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas - A teenage boy has died after he was hit by a pickup truck Friday evening in Fort Bend County, deputies said.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office said it was informed overnight that the 14-year-old did not survive his injuries.

The crash was reported around 5 p.m. near West Airport Boulevard and Novar Gardens Avenue.

Witnesses said the teen came out of the Woodhall neighborhood in the Aliana subdivision on a bicycle without stopping at a stop sign, deputies with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said.

Witnesses said the teen pulled right in front of a truck that was pulling a tractor, according to deputies.

They said the driver of the truck could not stop in time to avoid hitting the teen, deputies said.

“What we do know is the driver of the truck pulling the trailer was traveling eastbound and he saw out of the corner of his eye this kid riding his bicycle,” Sheriff Troy Nehls explained. “He immediately moved over to the center lane or the lane to his left to try and avoid him, and that boy kept going through the intersection and ended up striking the front of his truck.”

 

 

 

 

 

The sheriff said the driver of the truck immediately stopped. Nehls said the man and his wife, who was in the passenger seat, tried to render aid.

“The driver of the vehicle, he and his wife are very shaken up over this," Nehls said, "He said, ‘Sheriff, there’s nothing I could do to avoid him. I got over and he kept coming, and he remained up underneath the truck after the collision.'”

 

 

 

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said the teen was in critical condition and flown by Life Flight to Texas Medical Center, where he later died.

Nehls said the teen was not wearing a helmet.

“Just pray for this young boy and his family, as well,” Nehls said.

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