Valley boy hurt in bike/SUV collision |

Valley boy hurt in bike/SUV collision

A midvalley boy was treated for injuries and released from a hospital after he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on Willits Lane Monday night, according to authorities.

Basalt paramedics responded to a report of a boy struck on Willits Lane just behind the Aspen-Basalt Mobile Home Park at 8:48 p.m. Monday, according to Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District Chief Steve Howard.

The 14-year-old boy, whose name wasn’t available, was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. He was released from Valley View early Tuesday morning, according to Howard.

Details of the accident weren’t available Tuesday from the Colorado State Patrol, which investigated the accident. Howard said the boy was apparently struck by a sport utility vehicle after he wandered into the road.

The boy was on the north side of Willits Lane, directly behind the mobile homes.

Ironically, the Basalt Town Council has been debating where to place a trail along that section of Willits Lane for a couple of months and appeared to take steps last week to resolve the issue.

In a 4-3 vote, the board decided to pursue building a path along the Roaring Fork River and to take steps to slow traffic in that area. The three dissenting members weren’t against the trail, but felt a sidewalk on the same side of the road as the mobile homes was the better choice.

The board’s goal was to build some type of path this year.

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