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Collision injures young bicyclist

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Mom says 14-year-old recovering after surgery

By Vince Luecke

TELL CITY - A teenager riding his bike on a sunny morning suffered multiple skull fractures and a broken leg Monday after colliding with a truck on Franklin Street, Tell City police said.

According to Sgt. Lynn Wooldridge, Tyler J. Fuentes, 14, of 3410 Tell St., was flown to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville after being taken to Perry County Memorial Hospital.

Fuentes was traveling north on 14th Street shortly before 10 a.m. and apparently failed to stop at the intersection with Franklin Street. His bike collided with a pickup traveling east on Franklin Street. Wooldridge said the driver of the truck, Clarence Cronin Jr., 59, of 1348 19th St., didn't see the teen until the bike the passenger side of his truck.

"There wasn't anything he could do. He didn't see the bicycle coming down the hill," Wooldridge said.

Police, first responders and paramedics treated Fuentes at the scene. Reached at the hospital Wednesday morning, Fuentes' mother, Robin Strahl, said he underwent surgery Monday night. "He's recovering and breathing on his own," she said. "He's doing OK."