UPDATED: Condition of Boy Struck by Truck Remains Unknown; No Criminal Charges Against Operator
A 12-year-old boy was struck by a landscaping truck near Baker and Chestnut Streets Monday afternoon and his condition remains unknown as of Monday night, according to Foxborough Police. The operator does not face criminal charges from the incident.
UPDATE (Aug. 27, 9:17 p.m.) - The condition of the 12-year-old boy on a bicycle that was struck by a landscaping truck Monday afternoon on Baker Street remains unknown as of Monday night and the operator of the vehicle is not facing criminal charges at this time, according to Foxborough Police.
Foxborough Police Sergeant Richard Noonan said in a press release the 12-year-old Foxborough boy (earlier reported as 13 by Foxborough Police Chief Edward O'Leary) "suffered internal injuries and several skin abrasions" from the accident.
"Foxborough Fire EMS/Paramedics attended to the child and due to the nature of his injuries, the child was flown to Tufts Medical Center in Boston by MedFlight," according to the press release.
The boy's medical condition remains unknown at this time and Foxborough Police are withholding the boy's name at this time.
The boy was reportedly struck by a "2010 Dodge Ram dump truck pulling a trailer containing landscaping equipment" on Baker Street just before 1 p.m. Monday, according to police. Upon arrival to the scene, Foxborough Police reported they observed the vehicle had struck the boy on a bicycle.
"The collision caused the child to be thrown from the bicycle approximately 20 feet, landing on the pavement," according to the press release.
Foxborough Police say the preliminary investigation "revealed the operator of the vehicle was travelling eastbound on Chestnut Street and took a right hand turn onto Baker Street."
"A short time later, the vehicle struck the bicyclist, who was attempting to cross the street," the press release said.
The operator of the vehicle has been identified as Sean Fitzgerald, 28, of 434 South St., Foxborough. It was earlier reported by O'Leary the man was from North Attleboro. The vehicle involved in the accident is registered to J.Jerome Landscaping Services of North Easton.
Fitzgerald was transported to the Foxborough Police Department for questioning and was "subsequently released and no charges are pending," according to the press release.
"A member of the Massachusetts State Police Commercial Enforcement Section assisted in the investigation and cited Mr. Fitzgerald for a commercial vehicle infraction," the press release said. "Mr. Fitzgerald was not cited for any moving or traffic violation in regards to the crash. The owner of the vehicle was cited for vehicle safety infractions."
While there are no criminal charges pending against Fitzgerald, the investigation into the cause of this accident is "ongoing," according to the press release.
The crash is being investigated by Foxborough patrolman Shawn McKay with the assistance of the Massachusetts Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, who was at the scene of Monday's accident, according to the press release. Foxborough Police Lt. Alan Haskell, patrolman Scott Hodson, patrolman David Foscaldo and patrolman Lucas Drayton assisted McKay at the scene.
Original Post (Aug. 27, 3:45 p.m.) - A 13-year-old male bicyclist from Foxborough was airlifted via MedFlight to Tufts Medical Center Monday after he was reportedly struck near Baker and Chestnut Streets by a landscaping truck, according to Foxborough Police.
The accident occurred just before 1 p.m., according to Foxborough Police and involved the 13-year-old boy on a bicycle and allegedly a 29-year-old North Attleboro man operating a J.Jerome Landscape Services pick-up truck, according to Foxborough Chief of Police Edward O’Leary.
O’Leary, who addressed media Monday afternoon in a press conference related to this weekend’s incidents at Country Fest, said the accident is still under an “active investigation.”
“An individual is still being questioned at this time here at the station,” O’Leary said outside of the Foxborough Public Safety Building. … “[The man involved in the accident] was driving a Dodge Ram pickup truck that is owned by the J.Jerome Landscape company.”
O’Leary said because the investigation is still active the man operating the landscaping truck has not been placed under arrest.
“He’s in custody right now,” O’Leary said. “He has not been arrested. … No charges have been filed yet because it is still under investigation.”
Foxborough Fire personnel reported the 13-year-old boy had suffered “some type of head trauma,” according to O’Leary and was MedFlighted to Boston.
O’Leary said there was more traffic on Baker Street Monday afternoon – where the accident occurred – because Route 140 Main Street was “closed off” due to an earlier accident.
“[The] accident knocked down a power line pole,” O’Leary said. “So we had power lines on [Main Street], which took a much longer time to clear the roadway so more traffic was on Baker Street.
National Grid and Verizon utility trucks were on scene as well as Foxborough Police officers directing traffic just before the rotary in the center of town on Main Street and before the set of lights near Dairy Queen. Main Street was restricted to one lane just before 2:30 p.m.
Foxborough Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.