A 12-year-old boy was seriously injured Saturday afternoon after the dirt bike he was riding collided with a van on Friendship Road.
According to Anne Arundel County police, officers responded to the 500 block of Friendship Road at 2:34 p.m. on Saturday and found that two vehicles collided in the westbound lanes of the road.
An investigation by the Traffic Safety Section showed a 1992 Ford van was traveling west on Friendship Road when it came upon a dirt bike driven by the boy.
According to a police press release, the dirt bike was traveling westbound and was in the roadway along the white fog line. Police said as the van was passing the dirt bike, the dirt bike abruptly turned left and into the path of the van without any notice. The driver of the van reportedly attempted to avoid striking the dirt bike, but he was unable to do so.
Police said the van struck the dirt bike and the driver. The bike reportedly became lodged under the van and was dragged for a short distance before he was separated from the bike and came to rest in the roadway.
According to police, the boy suffered serious injuries that were not life-threatening and the driver of the truck was uninjured.
Police said the cause of the crash appears to be driver-error by the boy, who was illegally operating the dirt bike in the roadway. Police said neither alcohol nor speed appear to be factors in this crash.
Police are continuing to investigate the accident and no charges have been placed pending the outcome. Anyone with further information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Traffic Safety Section at 410-222-8573.