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Boy hurt when truck hits dirt bike
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Forsyth County News


A 14-year-old boy remained hospitalized late last week after the dirt bike he was riding collided head on with a pickup truck on a northeastern Forsyth County road, authorities said.

A spokeswoman at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta at Egleston said the teenager was listed in fair condition Friday.

The collision occurred about 5 p.m. Thursday on Crooked O Trail in the Pebblebrook Shores neighborhood.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the boy, whose name has not been released, suffered serious injuries and was flown to the hospital.

According to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s report, the boy was thrown about 15 feet from his Yamaha dirt bike after it was struck by a 1994 Toyota T-100.

The driver of the truck, 26-year-old Jonathan Luke Swearingen, was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

Swearingen was traveling south on Crooked O Trail, according to the report, while the boy was traveling north.

“Both vehicles met in a curve and (the truck) was traveling too fast for conditions and was unable to stop,” the report said.

It goes on to note that the truck left about 50 feet of skid marks on the road and struck the dirt bike head on.

The boy’s helmet came off and he landed in a ditch, according to the report.

Jimmy Curtis said the wreck happened in front of his house.

“I heard the dirt bike flying down the road and then it just sounded like he smashed into something,” Curtis said.

When he and his son went outside to find out what happened, they could see the bike but not the truck. They went down to get a closer look and saw where the bike had collided with the front of the truck.

Curtis said the road ends in an elbow curve in front of his house at the bottom of a hill and then goes straight for about a tenth of a mile before it turns and goes back up.

“The road is really in a gully,” he said.

The posted speed limit is 25 mph, the report noted.