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7-Year-Old Critically Injured in Bike Accident

Troopers say a 7-year-old riding his bike is critically injured after he rode into the path of an oncoming Kenworth truck at University Parkway and Lockwood Ridge Road today.

A 7-year-old Sarasota child is in Bayfront Medical Center with critical injuries this afternoon after a truck struck him at University Parkway and Lockwood Ridge Road.

A Kenworth T800 truck driven by Tyler Bowser, 35 of Sarasota, drove on the right lane of University approaching Lockwood Ridge around 1:45 p.m. today while Isaiah Jackson rode his bike on Lockwood Ridge through the crosswalk on University, according to the Florida Higway Patrol.

The bike continued into the crosswalk into the path of the truck while the truck's traffic light was green, Highway Patrol said.

The truck braked but was unable to avoid Isaiah, who was not wearing a helmet on his Redline Roam bike, troopers said. About 151 feet of skidmarks could be seen on the road from the truck trying to stop, troopers added.

The truck struck the right side of the bike and ejected Isaiah from the bike, troopers said.

Charges are pending against the father for negligence, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

This article corrects the child's age. The mother of Isiah said the father inadvertently gave police the wrong age of their child to Florida Highway Patrol.

tina harwood February 16, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Where the hell were the parents....
Proofisinthepudding February 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Exactly! Why are charges pending?
tina harwood February 16, 2012 at 01:02 PM
probably against parents.They didn't make that very clear. Drive had the green light .He did nothing wrong and with 150 feet of skid marks he tried like heck to stop.
Charles Schelle (Editor) February 16, 2012 at 01:21 PM
We've asked the Florida Highway Patrol for clarification on both items. The report, which is a form with a little bit of a description, didn't specify who the charges are against. They didn't immediately have information about the whereabouts of the parents though WWSB reported the parents were riding in a car behind the child.
Rob February 16, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Just a bit of constructive criticism - some more details in the article(s) would help. I've noticed that across the board in a lot of Patch articles. This essentially said that 'a truck hit a child.' It doesn't say what charges are pending, or against who. Were the parents present? Any witness comments? Any other relevant information? I think this may just be a re-hashed police report or something. Which is fine, but as you can see, the public would like a bit more information, so a little more legwork and an understanding of relevant details would help. Don't get me wrong - still a fan of Patch, like I said - constructive criticism, that's all.
Charles Schelle (Editor) February 16, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Hi Rob, It's noted and as I mentioned above, we did contact the public information officer for additional questions yesterday and they didn't have anything available as the responding trooper had left for the day. We weren't able to make it to the scene because we didn't get word of it until the report came.
Steve February 16, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I was a witness to the accident in which Isaiah was struck. Isaiah road through the intersection only looking forward, he did not look for oncoming traffic. Sending Isaiah home on his bike, uneducated about the protocol is something his father is beating himself up over. Little Isaiah was medivacked to St. Pete and was reported last night by both channel 6&8 that he is in critical condition. Both channels reported that there will be no charges made.
nancy February 16, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I rode by when they put him on the stretcher. This sad incident I hope serves notice to all the strollers in St Armand who just blithely step into the cross walk without looking to see who might run them down. Even in downtown Sarasota they step into the cross walk expecting that everyone will stop. Well....sometimes there is the west sun in your eyes, sometimes the older folks don't see them - sometimes younger ones too because they're gawking at the store fronts or pretty young girls or whatever! We who live here for years just can not believe how these people trust that everyone has seen them and that they can stop. Prayers to the young boy!
Mark February 16, 2012 at 05:15 PM
My heart goes out to the little dude. Nothing more saddening than a child getting critically injured. I'm sure his parents regret their negligence, but it's too late for that now. Surely if someone's to be charged it clearly should be them on several counts. My heart also goes out to the poor truck driver who will replay this nightmare in his mind over and over again probably for the rest of his life. Hopefully this tragic incident will have a happy ending if the boy can make a recovery. In the meanwhile it will serve as a wake-up call to other parents that may not be taking bike safety as it related to their young child seriously.
Jane Barry February 17, 2012 at 07:08 AM
Mark, when I read about this last night, my thoughts were the same as theirs. My husband did hear on the news that the parents would be charged. I was glad to hear it! I recalled the time my husband & I caught our daughter (then 14) riding her bike w/1 of her friends to Lido Beach...We immediately stopped, put their bikes in the trunk of our car, & took them home. Needless to say, our daughter was grounded for quite some time!
Brandy Tackett February 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Many of you are wrong, especially with regards to the families whereabouts, their intentions and their focus. I ask that God have mercy on your soul for passing judgement on a situation you have no knowledge about. This family is a committed, loving family that lives for isaiah. You have no knowledge into this situation and even the so-called facts in this article aren't completely accurate. I hope and pray that mercy is extended to you throughout your life and pray that you are never in a situation where you stand in judgement of society. What is wrong with you that you cannot simply stand in support of grieving parents? We've all been lucky as parents at one time or another.
Brandy Tackett February 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Many of you are wrong, especially with regards to the families whereabouts, their intentions and their focus. I ask that God have mercy on your soul for passing judgement on a situation you have no knowledge about. This family is a committed, loving family that lives for isaiah. You have no knowledge into this situation and even the so-called facts in this article aren't completely accurate. I hope and pray that mercy is extended to you throughout your life and pray that you are never in a situation where you stand in judgement of society. What is wrong with you that you cannot simply stand in support of grieving parents? We've all been lucky as parents at one time or another.
Brandy Tackett February 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Thank you for showering him in prayers. However, your facts aren't accurate. You should be careful because you don't know how your comments are affecting the family at this time.
Asher King February 20, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Very few fathers are as committed to their children as Isaiah's dad is. I'll go on record as saying if every father spent the amount of time with their child as Mr.Jackson does with his son the world would be a better & safer place for all children. The world could use allot more fathers like Mr. Jackson. I pray God spares Isaiah's life and allows some good to come of this. Sincerely, Asher King
Charles Schelle (Editor) February 21, 2012 at 08:15 PM
For those looking for an update, FHP is contemplating charges against the father for negligence for allowing the son to cross the road. The agency also said they would send out more information and an update when a decision is made.
Charles Schelle (Editor) February 24, 2012 at 07:55 PM
The police would not release that information.
April B. February 24, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Does anyone know how the boy is doing?
Lois A Levin February 28, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Bicycles are vehicles, and need to follow the same rules as motorists. But people need to be taught how to bicycle safely, to understand relevant laws, and motorists need to learn to accommodate bicyclists. And streets need to be designed to accommodate bicyclists safely. Sarasota has limited bicycling infrastructure. Most intersections are not bicycle friendly, and most bicycle lanes are not buffered. Bicycling is increasing. Making a city bicycle friendly is very inexpensive compared with what a city spends on improvements for motorists. SmartCycling Clinics, offered by the League of American Bicyclists, could be introduced into schools and community programs. Bicycling is a healthy activity that effectively addresses the problem of childhood obesity. It is a form of transportation for many people who cannot drive. For decades, traffic engineers have been designing roads only with motor vehicles in mind. People flock to livable streets that accommodate all users. There are enormous social, environmental and health benefits for everyone that result from reducing motor vehicle traffic and introducing traffic calming measures. Since Longboat Key installed bike lanes, many people have been using them for exercise and increasingly, to do errands. Narrow roads (as on bridges over canals, where there are no alternate routes) need to be marked with "sharrows" to enable bicyclists and cars to share the road safely for short distances.
Autumn Lowe March 01, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I know isaiah and his dad did get the charges but his parents were Ina car nearby and all they did was pick up the bike an leave he was in a coma but he is gettin stronger his parents are staying at the Ronald McDonald house
Autumn Lowe March 01, 2012 at 08:45 PM
At April b he Is MUCH better
Hope February 15, 2013 at 07:55 PM
A year later this family has FULLY seen a miracle happen in their lives and everyone around them also witnessed the hands of GOD in the healing of Isaiah. God is in the buisness of healing his children and His love for this family has fully shown to be true. Isaiah has fully recovered to the point where he is as if nothing ever happend. Faith in God has ways of making the impossible.. POSSIBLE in the lives of believers and this family trusted in GOD when everyone else saw the physical! MIRACLES happen all the time...

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