Biker, 14, Seriously Injured in Town Center Collision

The teen was flown to Johns Hopkins Children's Center after being struck.

A 14-year-old boy is in serious condition after being struck by a vehicle while crossing the road on a bicycle near the intersection of Governor Warfield Parkway and Twin Rivers Road in Town Center around 12:50 p.m., according to police.

After being struck, police said the teen was airlifted to Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

The teen was struck by a 2010 Nissan Murano traveling southbound on Governor Warfield through a green light, according to police. The driver was not injured and police said speed was not a factor.

Police said the boy, who is from Columbia, but whose name was not released, was crossing the road on a red 'Don't Walk' signal.

The investigation is continuing and no charges have been filed, according to police.

The intersection at Governor Warfield Parkway and Twin Rivers Road connects the Mall in Columbia with the village of Wilde Lake.

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Marybeth August 07, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Summer is the time when hospitals, particularly the Johns Hopkins PICU, see youths arrive with injuries due to bike accidents. I've seen many teens (and adults) riding around busy roads without helmets and not following the rules of the road. After spending the summer in the PICU with one of my own children (with another an unrelated illness), I have seen how the lives of families are forever changed when a child suffers brain damage from a bike accident. Brain injuries are serious, folks. They stay with you for life. Look out for bikers and pedestrians on the roads, and remind them to follow the rules when they are blatantly ignoring them.
rlp August 07, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I hope this boy is okay. What a terrible thing to happen to all involved. And I agree with other about how hard it is to walk in Howard County. I walk a lot and there are very few cross walks and many many times sidewalks just end and you have to walk along the side of a road. I know Columbia has miles of pathways but if you don't want to walk on them for whatever reason it can get quite hard to walk safely.
David Phillips August 07, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Legally, the boy may have been at fault, but I contend the driver must have been speeding and not paying reasonable attention.
Polly August 08, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Legally, the boy was at fault. A crosswalk does NOT give you carte blanche to just cross when you want, period. According to the article and apparently the police, the car was traveling at or below the speed limit of 35 MPH. so speeding was not an issue. The Walk sign/signal should be perhaps a bit longer to allow people to get across the road safely. I know many times myself being disabled with a back injury and having to walk a bit slower than most, I need to be especially vigilant when crossing. As a mom, I can't help but feel saddened at this whole thing. That poor child, his family and the driver, I'm sure are suffering, each in their own way. I hope he makes a complete and speedy recovery.
Kirsty August 09, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Kids are constantly playing chicken around Columbia ignoring signs & they're taught this by their parents - there are so many people who cross roads outside of crosswalks. Rather than using the footbridge across Columbia Rd tonight, I saw an adult couple sauntering across the street. As a mom, I always point out these things to my daughter as poor decisions.


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