Juvenile injured as dirt bike collides with van in Anne Arundel

Anne Arundel County Police say a 12-year-old was seriously injured in an accident on Saturday when the dirt bike he was driving on a road collided with a passenger van.

The boy, who was not identified, sustained serious injuries, but they were not considered life-threatening, police said, and he is expected to recover. He was taken to a local hospital, police said.

The incident occurred at about 2:34 p.m. Saturday, in the 500 block of Friendship Road, Friendship. Police said they responded to a call and found two vehicles had collided.

Police determined a 1992 Ford van was traveling west when it came upon a 2006 Toyota Tian Jin Baja dirt bike being driven along the edge of the road by the boy. The dirt bike was also traveling west. As the van was passing the dirt bike, the bike abruptly turned left, into the path of the van.

Police said the van struck the dirt bike, and it became lodged under the van and was dragged for a short distance. The boy was separated from the bike and came to rest in the roadway.

Police said the cause of the crash appeared to be error on the part of the boy; they also noted that he was illegally operating the dirt bike on the roadway.

Neither alcohol nor speed appeared to be a factor in the crash. Police said the investigation is continuing, and no charges have been filed pending the outcome. Anyone with information about the incident may contact the police Traffic Safety Section at 410-222-8573.

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