A 6-year-old Sulphur Springs boy was flown to a Dallas trauma center Tuesday evening after being struck by a vehicle while riding a bike. Police had yet to complete their investigation into the crash, but as of Wednesday morning said the crash appeared to be accidental and do not anticipate any charges being filed against the driver of the pickup that struck him.
Logan Stephenson had been riding his bike near his residence when the accident occurred. He had exited his yard and was riding the bike just before 5:30 p.m. Larry Connaughton, 64, of Sulphur Springs was driving a Ford F150 pickup in the 900 block of Camp Street, when he struck the bike, causing the boy to fall to the side.
Emergency 911 operators received a number of calls reporting the accident at 5:28 p.m. Tuesday. Sulphur Springs police and firefighters, and Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services were dispatched.
The child appeared to have head and leg injuries. A medical helicopter was requested and a landing zone was established at Sulphur Springs Elementary parking lot. It flew Stephenson to Children’s Hospital in Dallas, police said.
“He had a broken leg and head injury, a little bit of bleeding,” said SSPD Patrol Capt. Jay Sanders.
Connaughton reportedly told police he had noticed a large group of youth gathered in a parking lot off Camp Street near where the crash occurred and was trying to keep an eye on them as a precaution as he passed by them.
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