UPDATE: Boy Cyclist Dies From Injuries

winona lake bike vs truck 7/21/14

UPDATE: A 10-year-old boy succumb to his injuries this morning after being struck by a pickup truck while riding his bicycle.

Kurt Engler of Winona Lake died at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

Winona Lake Police Officer Mike Foster says the accident happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. at CR 250 East and Lexington Drive. Witnesses said the boy failed to stop at a stop sign and rode into the path of the truck, driven by Richard Riedel of Mentone.

The boy was transported to Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital in critical condition. A medical helicopter was requested, but was disregarded due to extended flight time.

The accident was investigated by the Winona Lake Police Department with assistance from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, Kosciusko County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team, Warsaw Police Department, Winona Lake Fire Department, Warsaw Fire Department and Multi-Township EMS.


BREAKING: At approximately 9:30 p.m. emergency personnel were called to South 250 East and Lexington Drive in Winona Lake where a 12-year-old 10-year-old on a bicycle was reportedly hit by a car.

According to Warsaw Police Department on scene, the biker was attempting to cross 250 East, and the driver was unable to avoid the collision. Emergency helicopters were requested, but were too far away to assist. The young victim is being transported by ambulance to Fort Wayne for treatment.

We will have more information as it becomes available.



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UPDATE: Boy Cyclist Dies From Injuries — 13 Comments

    • Keep insensitive and judgmental comments to yourself. You don’t have any idea that they are great parents. This family is suffering. Stop being self-righteous.

    • Symph2001, why does it matter that he was out at 9:30pm. What matters is a young boy has lost his life and your petty question at hand is outrageous and cruel. Lets think of the family and friends of that child before you ask ridiculous questions. They are already going through enough tragedy.

  1. Blaming will not bring the child back or provide comfort. Have some mercy people. I cannot imagine the depth of pain or shock. Pray for this family — and the guy in the truck. It is a horrible tragedy. They will miss their child and second guess themselves and the rest of their lives. We join the family in their sorrow and offer support as a community.

  2. Questions like that probably aren’t beneficial in a situation that was clearly an accident. It could happen to anyone (even the best parents in the world) and it is tragic for all involved. Praying for the family, and for the man who was driving the truck. I can’t even imagine.

  3. There is NO pain in the world like losing your own child!!! No need to judge during such a horrible tragedy…Let’s keep this family & friends in our prayers instead. So sad…

  4. As a kid, i was actually puled over by a warsaw police patrolman because i ran a stop sign on my bicycle. Parents, reinforce with your children that when they ride bikes, hey are to obey the same traffic laws as drivers. And bicyclists should always walk their bikes when crossing to the other side of the road.