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Massachusetts bicycle accident leaves teen in critical condition

An 18-year-old Hadley teen was traveling east on Main Street in Northampton, Massachusetts, when he was thrown from his bicycle, landing on the road after being struck by a car. The car was driven by a 43-year-old man from Northampton and was said to have been attempting to make a left turn from Main onto Pleasant Street when the bicycle accident occurred. At the time of the collision, the teen on the bicycle was reportedly not wearing a helmet.

The Massachusetts accident is still currently under investigation by police in Northampton and state officials. No charges have been filed as of yet. However, that doesn't mean there won't be, as many times authorities need some time to sift through the evidence to determine precisely what happened and who is considered to be at fault.

The teenage victim was rushed by a Northampton Fire Department ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield with what were described as life-threatening injuries. He was said to be in critical condition following the Saturday evening crash.

At least three state and local agencies were involved in investigating the incident, including the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section. As the police and Northwestern District Attorney's Office work to determine the sequences of events that occurred, it is hoped the teenager survives his injuries and quickly recovers his health and that his family finds the strength to cope with their anxiety as they work to support him.

Source: GazetteNET, "Hadley teen badly hurt in Northampton bicycle accident," Scott Merzbach, May 21, 2012

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