DENVER (CBS4) – Three children were hurt in Denver Wednesday afternoon when a car veered into a group of kids riding bikes and skateboards in the bike lane.
The crash happened at approximately 2 p.m. on East Yale Avenue and Nielson Street, in the University Park neighborhood.
According to police, three juveniles were transported to the hospital where one received emergency surgery that lasted hours.
Two of the victims were reported to be 14 years old and the other 13. The 13-year-old was being treated for minor injuries and recovering at the hospital, while the 14-year-old riding a skateboard was reported to have suffered serious injuries and the one undergoing surgery. The third boy stayed on scene telling police what happened.
Images from Copter4 showed a bicycle and a skateboard in the road and a car a few blocks away in a park.
Witnesses said the boys were obeying the law and riding in the bike lane. They agree anyone could have been hit by the car seen driving erratically and failing to stay in the lane.
Police say the driver was an 82-year-old woman driving a blue Audi.
After hitting the teens, she apparently jumped the curb and a creek, crashing her car into a ditch a quarter mile down the road in a nearby park. It’s not clear if she was having a medical issue or how fast she was going.
“We don’t know if it’s a medical issue. We don’t know if it’s an impairment issue, but those factors are going to be investigated as soon as we put everything together,” said Sgt. David Bingham of Denver Police Traffic Investigations.
The driver was also taken to Denver Health for injuries suffered in the crash.
Police haven’t cited the driver at this point in the investigation, and say knowing what caused the boys to get hit could take days.
Families of the victims have been notified and were at the hospital.
No names have been released.