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UPDATE: Boy on bike collides with SUV, flown to hospital

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The SUV that struck the boy. The SUV that struck the boy.

BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- A Bradley County 10-year-old was riding his bike, when he collided with an SUV Wednesday.

Investigators do not believe the boy was wearing a helmet.

"To be traveling down the road and suddenly have a bicycle appear in your path, I'm sure, is traumatic and quite frightening," says Bob Gault, spokesman for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office.

Orange paint and shattered glass mark the stretch of Bates Pike where traffic investigators say the unthinkable happened.

"He was exiting the church parking lot into Bates Pike where it appears he actually struck the left fender of the SUV," says Gault.

Witnesses say the 10-year-old boy was riding his bike with a friend in the parking lot of Union Grove Church of Christ.

Early reports show he rode into traffic.

A 54-year-old Sylvia Peels, the driver of the SUV, swerved to miss the boy, but it was too late. She was transported to SkyRidge Medical Center afterwards.

The SUV came to rest in a nearby field.

LifeForce would land just feet from the scene to take the elementary school student to Erlanger.

The woman was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

Her husband tells Channel 3 she was experiencing chest pains.

"It's too early to say what may have happened," Gault says. "The traffic unit is conducting a complete investigation."

While it appears to be a tragic accident, Gault says a full investigation will follow.

What investigators can say for sure: "There are reports that he may not have been wearing a helmet," says Stan Clark with Bradley County EMS.

As those who know the boy hope for a full recovery, first responders hope parents will take heed.

"That's one of the things we try to talk a lot about is wearing helmets when you ride your bicycles, skateboards, and scooters, and everything nowadays," says Clark.

The boy's name and condition have not been released.

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