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Car accident injures 14-year-old Milford bicycle rider

With the advent of the early teen years generally comes an increase in independence from one's parents. Parents may cede partial control to their children with some reluctance, however, knowing that while it is necessary for their growth into responsible adults, some unforeseen harm may befall their children while they are out on their own.

This fear unfortunately became reality for one Massachusetts family following a serious car accident that placed their teenage son in the hospital. While the investigation into the crash is still ongoing, some details surrounding the incident have been reported.

The car accident took place on a recent Monday evening. A 14-year-old boy was riding his bicycle in Milford on his way to the library when he was struck by a car. He was alone at the time of impact and was reportedly not wearing a helmet. When emergency responders arrived at the scene, they found the boy unconscious but breathing. He was transported to a local hospital by ambulance, then airlifted to UMass Memorial in Worcester.

Doctors put the teen in a medically-induced coma that evening. Since then he has awakened and is reportedly responsive and alert. There are no details as to the extent of his injuries or prognosis, although a statement was made that he is expected to remain hospitalized while he continues to recover from the crash.

Police have yet to issue charges against the 78-year-old driver who struck the boy in this car accident. Massachusetts accident victims have the right to pursue a civil suit against negligent parties to obtain compensation for their injuries. Compensation can be particularly helpful where the injured party has incurred extensive hospital bills.

Source: The Milford Daily News, "Milford bicyclist still recovering after crash," Derek McLean, Oct. 3, 2012

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