Motorcyclist cited following accident involving child

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police say a child was hit by a motorcycle while crossing a street Tuesday morning.

According to JPD, the four-year-old girl was trying to cross E. Johnson near State St. when the collision happened.

Jonesboro police say the driver of the motorcycle, Cody Cox, 26, of Trumann, saw the girl step into his lane of traffic and tried to stop. When he did, he laid the motorcycle on its side and the motorcycle began to skid.

Police say when Cox's motorcycle hit the girl, she was thrown into the air. As she was coming back down, Cox attempted to catch her and was nearly able to before she hit the ground.

Police say Cox's motorcycle left a 15-foot skid mark and caused some gouge marks in the pavement.

Jonesboro resident Dierruis Roddy was crossing the street at the same time.

"I had walked across the street right before them," Roddy said. "The little girl was walking with a guy and I guess she didn't know the motorcycle was coming and she kept on walking."

Roddy said a loud sound caused him to turn around.

"When I turned around I had heard a loud noise," Roddy said. "I looked to the side and I saw the little girl was lying down on the ground and the motorcycle was too."

Roddy said the little girl was awake when paramedics were treating her.

"She got hit pretty hard because her shoe flew off," Roddy said.

Roddy lives in an apartment on the corner of State Street and East Johnson.

He said this is not the first time he has seen an accident happen at this location.

"I've seen plenty of wrecks on State Street and East Johnson," Roddy said. "Something should be done here. A crossing sign or something. Something should be different because people aren't going to take a shortcut. And that's what they were doing, taking a shortcut."

The child was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Per Arkansas State law, the name of the girl has not been released.

The motorcycle driver was treated on scene and is said to be in good condition.

Though police did not find Cox at fault for the accident, he was cited for driving on a suspended license.

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