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July 21. 2014 8:03PM

Keene police continue pedestrian collision investigation

KEENE — Police have identified the driver in Friday’s pedestrian collision. The 12-year-old boy struck remains in the hospital.

David Hook, 44, of Keene was the driver of the pickup truck, involved in the collision, Sgt. Jason Short said Monday.

The boy was injured when he was hit by a pickup truck while riding his bicycle.

“The preliminary investigation doesn’t seem to indicate excess speed or drug or alcohol on the part of the driver,” Short said. “We don’t have any inclination of anything criminal on the part of the driver.”

But the collision remains under investigation by the Keene Police Collision Analysis Team, he said.

The victim is still hospitalized at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., where he was listed in stable condition Friday night, after having been flown to the hospital following the accident.

The boy was biking west across Washington Street about 3:15 p.m. Friday when he was hit by the truck, which was heading south on Washington Street.

The boy was found lying face down a few feet from the truck shortly after the collision.

Short said witnesses are still being interviewed. The boy was riding his bicycle with a group of other children, he said, and it is unclear right now if the boy was riding in the crosswalk or not at the time of the collision, he said.

According to an online gofundme.com web page, created by a family friend to raise money for the boy, his name is Jorden Linge.

Jorden will be starting 7th grade at Keene Middle School this fall, the friend said.

As of Monday afternoon the page has raised more than $1,500 for Jorden.

Jorden was in a medically induced coma Friday with possible skull fractures and a possible broken leg, the friend said on the gofundme.com website.

A Monday post from Jorden’s mother said his is now awake and able to sit up.

The donation page is located at www.gofundme.com/brz3hg.

Short is asking people with information about the collision to call Keene Police Department at 357-9813.

Information may also be provided anonymously via email at the Keene police department’s website at http://www.ci.keene.nh.us/departments/police/anonymous-crime-tips.

mpierce@newstote.com


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