A 10-year-old boy was thrown from his bike and injured his head when a motorist crashed into him Wednesday morning as he crossed Millersport Highway in Amherst.
The boy, who wasn't named, was able to answer questions from detectives who went to his room in Oishei Children's Hospital following the accident, said Amherst Police Capt. Kevin Brown, head of the department's Traffic Bureau.
"He was alert and talking," Brown said.
Police have not ticketed the driver of the 2016 Hyundai sedan that struck the boy as the investigation continues. The Amherst woman, who also was not named, stopped at the scene after hitting the boy and is cooperating with police, Brown said.
"She was in tears," said Christopher O'Brien, an attorney who witnessed the accident and was one of about 15 people who rushed to the boy's aid.
Amherst police say the motorist was traveling north on Millersport and nearing the intersection with Hartford Road, just north of Sheridan Drive. The boy, who lives in the neighborhood, was using a crosswalk to head west on Hartford across Millersport.
Investigators are still trying to pin down whether the driver or the boy had the light, Brown said.
O'Brien, who was heading south on Millersport, said both he and the car in front of him came to a stop because the light was red for them.
"At that instant, I hear a loud crash," O'Brien told The Buffalo News.
He looked to the left and, O'Brien said, "The bike was flying one way, his sneaker was going another way, and he was going a third way."
O'Brien said he jumped out of his car and ran over to the boy, who was lying on the ground. He said he wouldn't offer specifics on the boy's injuries, to respect his privacy.
"We talked a little bit," said O'Brien, who remained shaken a few hours after the crash. "He was being as brave as any 10-year-old could be."
O'Brien praised the professionalism of the first Amherst officer who arrived at the scene, as well as the members of Twin City Ambulance and Eggertsville Fire Co. who also responded.
Police didn't have a formal condition for the boy. Brown said he was not wearing a bike helmet at the time.
There's no indication at this time that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. Police are seeking and reviewing video surveillance footage from that intersection and interviewing witnesses.
"It's a situation where my heart goes out to the family of the little boy," O'Brien said.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call police at 689-1311.