Driver who hit boys riding bikes in S. Fairmount had child on board

CINCINNATI -- The driver of a sedan who may have been impaired and speeding was accompanied by a 7-year-old passenger when she struck two boys in South Fairmount Wednesday.

The accident happened at about 3:45 p.m. in the 1600 block of Westwood Ave.

Lt. Lisa Davis said an 11-year-old and a 9-year-old were riding their bicycles down the sidewalk when the driver of a gold Nissan Maxima lost control, drove up on the sidewalk and struck them from behind. Police believed the boys did not see the car coming.

The boys were taken to Children's Hospital, one in serious but stable condition with a fractured skull and the other with minor injuries.

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The grandmother of the child who was seriously hurt lives nearby.

"A woman called and said my grandson got hit," Renee Gellenbeck said. "(The leg) was black and blue. He said it was hurting real bad and he couldn't walk on it. The other little boy was bleeding all over the sidewalk. He was scared to death. They couldn't get him to calm down.

Davis said police gave the sedan's driver a sobriety test at the police department, as they suspect she was speeding and under the influence at the time of the accident, during which her 7-year-old son rode in the backseat. The 36-year-old woman has not been charged with a crime.

"We don't know what the impairment was," Davis said. "Again, jumping the sidewalk does indicate maybe some impairment or speed. At this point, those tests are being given right now to determine that."

Westwood Avenue was shut down through Wednesday's rush hour.

(WCPO reporter Jason Law spoke to Lt. Davis and Gellenbeck after the accident.)

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