Boy, 8, injured in Merced after being hit by car on his bike; flown to UC Davis

An 8-year-old boy was taken by helicopter to the University of California Medical Center in Sacramento on Monday after he was hit by a car while riding his bike on Twilight Avenue in Merced in what police called an accident.

The boy, who wasn't immediately identified, suffered a large cut on his right leg and numerous scrapes, and some of his teeth were knocked out, according to Sgt. Bob Chapman of the Merced Police Department. Further details of his condition weren't available at the Sun-Star's deadline.

The driver of a 1998 Toyota Camry, James Moua, wasn't cited or arrested and was released at the scene.

Chapman said the boy, riding a 20-inch bike, was westbound on Solstice Avenue and made a right turn onto Twilight. "The child was riding in the middle of the street," Chapman said, "and the driver didn't have any time to react. He didn't have time to get out of the way, so he hit him."

The collision happened about 3:15 p.m. "It was purely an accident," Chapman said.

The medical evacuation flight took off from Rudolph Rivera Middle School in North Merced.