Police: Teen riding on handlebars thrown from bike, hit by SUV in Daytona Beach

15-year-old boy in critical condition, police say

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A teenager was injured when he was struck by an SUV Saturday night in Daytona Beach, police said.

Officers said the 15-year-old pedestrian was struck around 9: 45 p.m. on Nova Road, south of Madison Avenue, officers said.

A driver heading north on Nova Road hit the teenage boy, who was walking west to east and was not in a crosswalk, according to police.

Police later said the boy had been riding on the handlebars of a bicycle as the bicyclist crossed the southbound lanes of Nova Road.

The driver of a van noticed the bicycle, which did not have lights, and swerved out of the way to avoid hitting it, according to police. The driver also slammed on their horn, which caused the bicyclist to hit their brakes and throw the teen riding on the handlebars to the ground, police said.

Officers said the boy stood up and started running across the northbound lanes of Nova Road, where he was hit by the SUV.

Police said the boy landed in the median after being struck. He was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center, where he is in critical condition, authorities said.

The driver of the SUV remained at the scene, according to police.

Daytona Beach police did not say whether anyone else was injured during the incident. 

The crash is still being investigated, police said.

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