Bradford youth dies following crash


Mike Ullery | Daily Call A broken bicycle lays on the street near were a young boy was struck by a pickup truck on Church Street in Bradford on Monday.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Crash reconstructionists from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office work the scene where a young boy was struck on his bicycle, by a pickup truck, on Church Street in Bradford on Monday.

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BRADFORD – A boy from Bradford was killed when he allegedly rode his bicycle into the path of an oncoming pickup truck around 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

Witnesses to the crash said that the youth, identified as D.J. Hawes, 12, was riding his bicycle with another boy, believed to be his brother, in an ally. The boys were traveling south with Hawes in the lead when he allegedly failed to stop and rode directly into the path of an oncoming, westbound, 1993 GMC pickup truck. The younger boy was not injured.

The impact knocked Hawes off the bicycle and he apparently struck his head on the pavement. He was not wearing a helmet.

He was reported to be unconscious when the Bradford Rescue Squad arrived. CareFlight was immediately summoned and the boy was transported to Bradford School where a landing zone was set up and the boy flown to a Dayton Hospital.

Lt. Mike Whaley of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office reported that Hawes died from his injuries. Whaley said that speed, alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the crash. The fault of the crash was the boy riding into the path of the truck.

Crash reconstructionists from the Miami County Sheriff’s Offices were called to the scene to investigate.

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