USPS driver hits 13-year-old bicyclist


By Sadie Hunter


Following an afternoon crash involving a United States Postal Service driver, a 13-year-old male from Noblesville is in critical condition after being hit with the USPS vehicle.

Following 911 reports, around 2:11 p.m. on July 8, police officers and firefighters from the Noblesville Police and Fire Departments responded to the intersection of 14th and Hannibal Streets in Noblesville.

The Noblesville Police Department says, based on witness statements and evidence at the scene, it appears the juvenile riding the bicycle was traveling northbound on 14th Street when he pulled out into the path of a 1993 GM, USPS mail delivery vehicle traveling eastbound on Hannibal Street.

After being hit, he was transported by ground ambulance to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where his condition was characterized as “critical” upon arrival.

The identity of the bicyclist is being withheld at this time pending family notifications.

The driver of the USPS vehicle has been identified by police at Hope M. Buchanan, 38, of Noblesville, and did not report injuries as a result of the accident.

Police say at intersection, 14th Street is regulated by stop signs and Hannibal Street traffic has none. The posted speed limit on Hannibal Street is 25 miles per hour.


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