12-Year-Old Hit on Bicycle by Pickup

A 12-year-old Monmouth boy on a bike was seriously injured around 7:15 this morning when he was hit by a pickup at the corner of 4th Avenue and South Main Street.

The victim, whose name has not been released by police, was taken to OSF Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth and then airlifted to OSF Hospital in Peoria.

The driver of the truck, 65-year-old David Bates of Monmouth, was not hurt. State police say the bicycle was headed west on 4th Avenue, apparently failed to yield at the “stop” intersection, and rode into Bate’s path. The boy was hit by the pickup and thrown from the bike.

Authorities say no alcohol was involved and the collision is still under investigation.