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Girl on bike hit by truck in Johnstown

Police investigate accident that left victim severely injured

JOHNSTOWN — The city Police Department today is continuing to investigate an accident that took place Thursday night which left a female juvenile bicyclist severely injured after a collision with a pickup truck on Washington Street.

Police Chief David Gilbo said Friday that the victim was at Albany Medical Center being treated for non-life threatening injuries. He declined to release the name of the truck driver and the victim, as the accident was still being investigated.

The police department issued a news release Friday indicating the accident was investigated by the Johnstown Police Department and the Johnstown Fire Department at about 7:16 p.m. Thursday on Washington Street at North Market Street.

Police said a report was generated that an injured female was lying on the ground.

“Officers arrived on the scene and determined that the female had been struck by a vehicle riding a bicycle,” the release indicated. “The female appeared to be suffering from severe injuries at which time members of the Johnstown Fire Department began treating her. Due to inclement weather, medical flight via helicopter was unavailable.”

The release said the victim was stabilized by members of the fire department and transported by the JFD to Albany Medical Center.

Gilbo said that all he could release Friday was that a female juvenile driver of the pickup truck was westbound on Washington Street, and the bicyclist was northbound on North Market Street when a collision occurred.

The chief said the truck driver is “cooperating” with the investigation and no tickets have been issued at this time.

In the investigation, the Johnstown Police Department has been assisted by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, which specializes in motor vehicle accident reconstruction. Police were also assisted by a drug recognition expert.

The release stated that Johnstown police thanked the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, Johnstown Fire Department and the Fulton County fire coordinator for their assistance.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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