A 14-year-old was hit by a turning car while riding on Hunsaker Road on Tuesday, and Register-Guard story implicitly blamed the victim:
The boy was not wearing a helmet when his bicycle was struck about 5:50 p.m. as he was pedaling along Hunsaker Drive near River Road in west Eugene, police Sgt. Kevin McCormick said at the scene.
The boy appeared to suffer only scrapes and bruises, but was taken by ambulance to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, McCormick said.
The boy apparently was riding his bike west on Hunsaker Lane when he was struck by a silver Volkswagen Passat that was turning onto River Road from Hunsaker Lane.
It was not immediately known whether the woman driving the Passat would be cited in connection with the accident, McCormick said.
Shame on author Josephine Woolington for continuing in the media’s tradition of victim blaming whenever a person in a car fails to control their vehicle and runs someone over. Helmets can’t stop a bad driver from running you over! It is irrelevant that the boy was not wearing a helmet!