Car vs. Bicycle Crash Concerns Some Nearby Neighbors

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Some parents in one Lincoln neighborhood are concerned after a car vs. bicycle crash sent a 12-year-old boy to the hospital Wednesday afternoon.

The child was in critical condition, but, some said this isn't the first time they've seen something like this near their home.

Gregory Dank lives east of 10th and Rose St., where the crash happened.

And he has a four-year-old boy now learning to ride the bicycle.

"[10th St.] is kind of Lincoln's version of a freeway," Dank said.

Dank has driven through this area for a long time, and has lived nearby for the past few months. Throughout that time, he's had a couple of friends on bicycles hospitalized due to collisions with cars.

The traffic is one way and runs right through a neighborhood. Though some bike lanes are in the area, Dank said some drivers aren't always aware of their surroundings.

"These are family dwellings," Dank said.

"These are people living right down here, kids biking."

Lincoln Police Capt. Danny Reitan said they aren't going to cite the driver in this case. According to Reitan, they spoke to a number of witnesses, and there didn't appear to be any violations on the part of the driver.

But, regardless of who was at fault, Dank said incidents like this are a good reminder that both pedestrian and drivers need to pay more attention near busy roadways.

"No matter how many times you tell your child not to ride in the street," Dank said, "it's ultimately up to the driver to make sure that they're watching out."