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Spanaway boy, 10, hit and killed by pickup truck while leaving friend’s house on his bicycle

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on April 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
April 5, 2013 12:17 pm

A 10-year-old boy riding his bike was hit and killed by a pickup while riding home from a friend’s house Thursday night, Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The boy pulled in front of the truck as he left his friend’s driveway about 6:45 p.m. in the 15500 block of 66th Avenue East, to ride about seven blocks to his own house, Troyer said.

The 64-year-old Spanaway man driving the truck slammed on his brakes and was not impaired at the time of the crash, Troyer said.

“At this point it just looks like a tragic accident,” Troyer said. “There’s nothing he could have done.”

The boy was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, where he was dead upon arrival, Troyer said.

The child was not wearing a helmet, Troyer said.

The boy was a fifth-grader who was on spring break from Naches Trail Elementary, Troyer said.

He has not yet been officially identified by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

UPDATE, 10:15 a.m. Friday: The name of the boy who died is released

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