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Child hit by car while riding bike on east side of Indianapolis

Police said the child was riding a bike near the intersection of English Avenue and South Denny Street when they were hit by a car.

INDIANAPOLIS — Police are investigating a crash that critically injured a boy who was riding his bike on the east side of Indianapolis Tuesday evening.

According to police, the boy was riding his bicycle in the area of English Avenue and South Denny Street shortly before 6 p.m. when he was struck by a vehicle.

The child, who was found lying in the street when officers arrived, was taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in critical condition.  

Credit: WTHR
A bike is tipped on its side and surrounded by crime scene tape on Nov. 9, 2021. Police say a child was taken to the hospital after they were hit by a car while riding a bike on the east side of Indianapolis.

Investigators believe the vehicle that struck the boy was traveling west on English Avenue when the boy unexpectedly rode into the vehicle's path. Police said the boy may have been trying to flee from a dog that was chasing him when he was struck.

The driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene and is cooperating with the police investigation.