Oregon boy dies after hitting semi driven by Homedale man

September 5, 2013 

— A 14-year-old was killed Wednesday after he rode his bicycle into the side of a semitrailer and was crushed beneath the wheels.

Oregon State Police said that Jonathan “JP” Ptacek was riding his bicycle down a hill in Burns, Ore. when he failed to yield at a stop sign. The teenager collided with the side of a semitrailer traveling south on Highway 20.

The trailer’s wheels ran over Ptacek, critically injuring him, police said. The driver, a 54-year-old man from Homedale, did not realize the collision had happened until he spotted the bicycle in the roadway in his side mirror.

The driver stopped immediately and is cooperating with the investigation. Police said there is no indication that he was at fault. Ptacek's speed — the speed limit in the area is 25 mph — and his failure to stop at the stop sign probably contributed to the crash, police said.

Ptacek was taken by ambulance to Harney District Hospital, then airlifted to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Ore. where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation is ongoing.

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