Apache Junction police: Child, 8, hit by car and dragged 30 feet

An 8-year-old girl was riding her bicycle to school around 7:45 a.m. April 1 when she was struck by an SUV.

The accident took place on Winchester Road, south of Old West Highway in Apache Junction, according to a press release.

The youngster was wearing a helmet. She was transported to Chandler Regional Regional and then to Maricopa Medical Center. At that time, she had minor external injuries and was released.

According to police, the child crossed Winchester outside of the designated crosswalk area and was struck by a 2007 Toyota Sequoia SUV traveling northbound. The SUV driver stopped and later told police he saw the child on the bike on the east side of the road. He told the police the child suddenly crossed the roadway in front of him and he was unable to stop before striking the child.

The child was dragged approximately 30 feet before the truck was able to stop, according to police.

The Apache Junction Police Department Motor Unit responded to the accident and found the child to be awake and responsive. Investigators determined the SUV was being driven within the designated speed, according to police.

The Apache Junction Independent is mailed each month to 35,000 homes.

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