PERRYVILLE, Mo. (KFVS) - Pay more attention. That is the message for drivers and bike riders in Perryville, Missouri.
It comes as police search for the driver who hit and injured a child on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Corporal Jeri Cain with the Perryville Police Department said that’s what they think happened Saturday.
"Generally, it is in a residential area that we see those and its usually because people aren't paying attention to what's down the road coming at them," she said.
The incident happened at the intersection of Edgemont and School Street.
"We had a young lady that was riding her bicycle on the sidewalk and went to cross an intersection," she said.
Cain said that's when the driver of a maroon SUV turned into the rider's path.
"Apparently sideswiped her, and she was injured in the arm and leg," she said.
While the child suffered minor injuries, these incidents can certainly be much more serious. A white bicycle marks the spot where a 71-year-old rider was hit and killed back in 2012.
Joe Kester is from Perryville.
"It's one of those things that everybody ought to be paying attention it's the same thing as car safety and motorcycle safety," he said.
He's had his share of bicycle accidents.
“Well I have hit some cars because I wasn’t paying attention,” Kester said.
Cain wanted to remind people that following safety rules can save lives.
"Look where you're going when your turning, look at all directions of the intersection and as a cyclist make sure you're wearing your safety gear and your helmets," she said.
If you know anything about what happened, please contact the Perryville Police Department.