Girl hit by bikes outside GACTC
AASD police probing incident; sister says two teenagers did not help injured victim
Altoona Area School District police are investigating an incident of two teenagers on mini dirt bikes who struck an Altoona student on a sidewalk Monday and did not stop to help her, according to the victim’s sister.
School officials confirmed it. Police have video footage from cameras in the area of the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center about 2:45 p.m. Monday.
However, they could not identify the students on the bikes.
“It did happen. The investigation is ongoing,” district spokeswoman Paula Foreman said.
The victim, 18, bounced up quickly but suffered a concussion and some internal bruising, according to the victim’s sister, Marie Thompson. Thompson said her sister has intellectual disabilities.
“She was crying,” Thompson said. “She cried in pain, but she got right up.”
The students on the dirt bikes looked at her and rode off, she said.
“They shouldn’t be riding on the sidewalk. We want them to come forward and own up to it. They struck someone and let her lay there. If they had simple decency to say sorry, it wouldn’t have to be taken to the police,” Thompson said.
Thompson said she ran from her car to help her sister after seeing her rolling across the sidewalk at the center and asked her if the two students on the dirt bikes, one yellow and one blue and white, struck her. She asked other student witnesses who the bikers were and received names. She said Facebook pages for the students show photos of dirt bikes that match what she saw.
“I was waiting for her in the car, and I saw her come out of the vo-tech. I glanced up at the mirror, when I saw my sister rolling across the sidewalk,” Thompson said. “I got out of the car and went to her. I asked, ‘Did they just hit you?’ She said, ‘Yes.'”
Thompson called 911.
Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.