The family of a 10-year-old boy struck by a car while riding his bicycle endured a second tragedy hours later when a fire heavily damaged their home.
Adam Lakin was taken to a hospital with a severe head injury after the crash Thursday night near his home in Reily Township, Butler County sheriff’s spokesman Monte Mayer said. The boy was in serious condition Friday at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said.
Just hours later, a fire at the boy’s home caused significant damage.
“It’s a terrible tragedy for one family within a few hours,” Sheriff Richard Jones told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “We assume they left in a hurry to go to the hospital.”
Sheriff’s officials alerted the family about the fire that was reported about 1:30 a.m. Friday while they were still with the boy at the hospital. The cause of the fire remained under investigation, and no damage estimates were immediately available.
Mayer said authorities were still investigating the traffic accident. He said a 57-year-old woman from Evansville, Ind., was driving the car that hit the boy as he was riding in the southbound lane of Ohio 732. The driver was also in the southbound lane and swerved to try to avoid hitting the boy, Mayer said.