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Boy, 14, Hit By Car In Thornton On Way To School

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An image of the car the child struck (credit: CBS)

An image of the car the child struck (credit: CBS)

THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4)- A freshman at Northglenn High School was hit by a car while riding his bicycle to school on Monday morning.

The crash happened at about 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of Thornton Parkway and Huron in Thornton. Authorities said the teen was critically hurt after he apparently turned into traffic, against a green light.

After initially hitting one car he was thrown into the windshield of an oncoming car. CBS4 video showed a heavily damaged windshield at the scene of the crash.

A Flight for Life helicopter transported the teen to the hospital.

Authorities said the teenager wasn’t wearing a helmet and that a crossing guard who is at that intersection when students are walking across wasn’t there yet.

Officials are stressing caution at intersections for both drivers and bike riders with many schools now back in session.

“It’s extremely dangerous, especially through a busy intersection,” Thornton Officer Sam Vecchiarelli said. “They need to be very cautious and they need to cross with the crossing guards if they are there or they need to cross with the traffic lights and crossing signals.”

So far the student’s identity hasn’t been released.

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