crash scene investigated

Photos by Bill Gnade / Sentinel Staff

A Keene police officer walks by a crumpled bicycle on Washington Street in Keene late Friday afternoon. A boy riding the bicycle was injured when he was struck by a truck. Below, a woman, left, who said she was the boy’s grandmother, is comforted by a friend.

A young bicycle rider was airlifted to a Massachusetts hospital Friday after being struck by a pickup truck on Washington Street in Keene.

The 12-year-old boy was in stable condition a few hours after the crash, but the extent of his injuries was unknown, according to a news release from Keene police.

Police responded to the scene about 3:15 p.m. and found the boy was lying in the road a few feet away from a truck, according to the release. He was conscious but not alert.

The truck was driving south on Washington Street near the intersection of Gilsum Street, and the victim was riding west across Washington Street. Police did not release the identity of the driver or the victim as of Friday night.

Washington Street was closed from High Street to Gilsum Street for about three hours while police investigated. After the crash, a red bike lay in the southbound lane of the road behind a Chevrolet Silverado, just a few feet from a crosswalk that runs across Washington Street near Cottage Street.

The boy was taken by ambulance to Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene and then flown to UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Mass.

The crash is under investigation by the Keene Police Collision Analysis Team. No further information was available Friday.

Kaitlin Mulhere can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1439​, or kmulhere@keenesentinel.com. Follow her on Twitter @KMulhereKS.