Monday, March 3, 2008

Cyclist Killed-Boy Riding Bike Dies In Accident With SUV

TAMPA - A 9-year-old boy died Sunday afternoon after he was hit by an SUV in a Palmetto neighborhood, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Brandon Christensen, was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital where he later died from his injuries, the highway patrol said.

According to a news release, Christensen rode his bicycle from a driveway at 5315 Landsdowne Way into the street when he was hit by a 2002 Nissan Xterra driven by William Thompson, 38, of Palmetto.

Christensen was wearing a helmet, the highway patrol said. Thompson has not been charged in the incident, which has been ruled an accident by the highway patrol, said Trooper Chuck Harubin.