Bicyclist, 12, on a cell phone rides into traffic and is run over in Laconia; principal, school nurse rush to aidBy BEA LEWIS
Union Leader Correspondent
May 09. 2018 8:29PM
LACONIA — A 12-year-old bicyclist using her cellphone lost her balance and was run over by a landscaping trailer being towed by a dump truck, police said.
Witnesses told police that the girl was riding on the sidewalk on North Main Street, heading north near the Oak Street intersection when she swerved into traffic and struck the back of a truck towing a dual-axle trailer loaded with lawn care equipment.
The one-ton, six-wheel truck also was headed north toward Meredith, but was stopped in traffic. Police said the driver, Collin Kuchinsky, 21, of Sanbornton, did not realize the bicyclist had struck the rear of his truck.
When Kuchinsky drove forward, the four-wheel trailer ran over the girl, police said. He immediately stopped and pulled over.
The girl was riding to nearby Laconia Middle School at 150 McGrath St. when the accident happened about 7:32 a.m.
Dr. Alison Bryant, principal of the school, and school nurse Keri Reynolds rushed to the scene and were able to comfort the girl, Fire Lt. Chad Vaillancourt sid.
The injured girl was rushed to Lakes Region General Hospital and then taken by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment of injuries that police said are not life-threatening.
The girl, whose name has not been released, was not wearing a helmet, Vaillancourt said.
He reminded parents to make sure their kids wear helmets while bicycling; state law requires anyone under the age of 16 to wear a helmet.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call Laconia police at 524-5252.