Wednesday, September 14, 2011

No broken bones in bicycle crash

Mother of crash victim relieved that injuries weren’t serious


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

The mother of a 14-year-old boy who crashed his bicycle into a school bus in Hailey last week says it's "miraculous" that her son was not seriously injured.

Tamara Kondratief, the mother of Emmett Say, said Friday that her son did not suffer a broken leg in the accident, which occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the intersection of Carbonate Street and Second Avenue.

"He really has no injuries, to tell you the truth—it's unbelievable," Kondratief said. "It's huge that he's alive because he T-boned into the bus and went under the tires."

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Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter reported that Say was riding downhill westbound on Carbonate when he collided with the bus in the intersection. Gunter said Say was traveling "way too fast" down the hill and that he was considering issuing the boy a citation for violating an Idaho statute that requires that bicycles be operated with "due care."

Gunter stated that Say was transported with a "possible broken leg" by Wood River Fire & Rescue ambulance to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center.

Kondratief acknowledged that her son was traveling "too fast" down the hill. She said she was relieved that police decided not to issue the citation but implemented her own punishment by grounding Say from riding his bicycle on city streets.

"The only thing he did right is he had his helmet on," she said.

Say is member of the Sun Valley Ski Team.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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