Child recovering after being struck by vehicle

Staff Report

A 9-year-old girl riding a bicycle was struck by a car at about 3 p.m. Sunday on University Drive and was transported to Carle Foundation Hospital in stable condition, according to a Charleston Police Department press release.

The car was headed north on University Drive near the Grant Avenue intersection while Tina Liu, the child on the bicycle, was traveling south, according to the police report.

Barry Kronenfeld, a friend of Tina’s mother Xiangli Wang, said Tina is still in the hospital but seems to be recovering well.

He said Tina had an operation for a broken leg, but that was her only major injury.

The driver of the car, Evalena Pullen of Mattoon, told police she observed a woman on a bicycle on the west side of the street, and then a child on another bicycle made a left turn directly into the path of her car.

Pullen told police she was unable to stop her car before striking the child’s bicycle.

Wang, of Charleston, told police her daughter was riding her bicycle in front of her and attempted to make a left turn onto Grant Avenue when she was struck by the car.

A witness also told police that she observed the child’s bicycle turn directly into the path of the car.

Jennifer Vaught of the Charleston Police Department said no citations were issued because the collision was determined to be an accident in which the driver was not at fault.


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