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MERIDIAN - A child who was hit by an SUV Thursday morning while riding a bike escaped serious injury, police say.

The boy, who appears to be a preteen, was hit while riding his mountain bike.

The crash happened near the intersection of Locust Grove Road and East Grand Canyon Drive in Meridian, and was reported at 8:41 a.m.

An off-duty Meridian Police sergeant driving a Dodge Durango struck the bike. The sergeant called dispatch immediately after the wreck to report it.

Ada County Sheriff's Office crash investigator Todd Moyer said the boy was riding on the sidewalk with a friend, and did not stop before riding into the road.

Because the bike was on the sidewalk it was supposed to be acting like a pedestrian walking across, and they didn't stop to make sure it was safe to proceed, Moyer said. He was traveling with a friend at the time and the friend had already crossed, and then he proceeded to go across the intersection.

Ada County was called in to investigate the crash to avoid a potential conflict of interest.

The collision happened at a slow speed, and the boy wasn't hurt, Moyer said.

The motorist didn't see him when he entered, they bumped, he said. It was low speed so it knocked the cyclist over, but didn't cause any serious injuries.

Although the cyclist was determined to be at fault, the boy was not cited. Moyer said cyclists and drivers should remember to pay attention to their surroundings to avoid a crash.

Everybody needs to take that little extra time and double check before they pull across an intersection or you know, want to make a lane change or pass another car, he said.

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