Teen flown to hospital after being struck by car


— A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition after riding a bicycle into a U.S. 40 intersection and being struck by a sport utility vehicle Tuesday.

Ross Sessions Jr. was riding a bicycle west on Walton Creek Road at about 4:20 p.m. on the eastbound side of the street near his home. Steamboat Springs Police Officer Guy Lumsden said Sessions attempted to cross U.S. 40 at the Walton Creek Road intersection on a red light.

Jessica Dastyck, 60, of Stagecoach, was driving a late-model Ford Explorer east on U.S. 40 and entered the intersection on a green light when her vehicle hit the boy, Lumsden said.

Sessions was rushed to Yampa Valley Medical Center by ambulance, then flown to Denver Health Medical Center about four hours after the accident. Lumsden said Sessions' condition was "very critical," but he couldn't give anymore details. Medical center administrator Keith Lightfoot said he didn't know the exact injuries Sessions had received except there was "major trauma."

Lumsden said neither drugs nor alcohol were an issue in the accident and a preliminary investigation shows Dastyck was not at fault.

Dastyck was not physically injured in the accident.


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