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Forum staff reports, Published June 15 2010

UPDATED: Four-year-old girl escapes serious injury when car hits bike

UPDATED 3:25 p.m.

FARGO – A 4-year-old girl riding on the back of a bike escaped serious injury this afternoon when a car hit the bike at a Fargo intersection.

Sgt. Jeff Skuza said a mother and her two children were headed westbound in the Main Avenue crosswalk at University Drive just before 2 p.m. when a southbound driver turned right at a red light and struck the bike.

Four-year-old Amaris Ramsey, who was standing on the rear pegs of the BMX-style bike being driven by her mother, Juree Twobear, 25, of Fort Yates, N.D., was knocked down and bumped her head but wasn’t seriously injured, Skuza said. Amaris was taken by ambulance to MeritCare Hospital to be checked out for non-life threatening injuries.

The car’s driver, Barbara Ohnstad, 74, of Fargo, was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Skuza reminded bicyclists to wear helmets and limit the number of riders to what the bike was built to carry.

University Drive, which is normally a one-way at Main Avenue, is currently carrying head-to-head traffic because of the detour at the 10th Street underpass, which is under construction.

“When you’re in a construction zone, you need to slow down and take a good look around and take your time,” Skuza said.