Boy on Dirt Bike Struck by Car Driven by Off-Duty Cop

A young boy is fighting for his life after being struck by a car driven by an off-duty police officer.

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    A boy riding on an electric dirt bike in North Wilmington is critically injured after being hit by an SUV. Delaware State Police say it happened around 7:15 pm on the 900 block of Wilson Road. Police say the driver of the SUV, an off-duty Elsmere Police Officer, stopped and is cooperating with police. The boy was taken to AI Dupont Hospital for Children and is in critical condition. Police say he was not wearing a helmet and the driver of the SUV had the right of way. (Published Monday, Sep 17, 2012)

    A young boy is fighting for his life after being struck by a car driven by an off-duty police officer. It happened Monday around 7:15 p.m. on the 900 block of Wilson Road in Talleyville, Delaware.

    Police say a 12-year-old boy was riding an electric dirt bike out of a gas station parking lot when he was struck by a Chevy TrailBlazer. The driver, an off-duty Elsmere, Delaware police officer, did not flee the scene and is cooperating with the investigation, according to officials.

    "He saw the boy crossing in front of him and attempted to avoid striking the boy but struck him," said Sergeant Paul Shavack of the Delaware State Police.

    State Police say the vehicle had the right of way as it traveled east on Wilson Road. At some point, the boy rode his bike into the street, according to investigators.

    The boy was taken to the hospital where he is in critical condition. Police say he was not wearing a helmet. State Police are not releasing his name though his family has been notified.