RUMFORD — A 9-year-old Rumford boy suffered bumps and bruises early Tuesday evening after failing to yield to oncoming traffic while riding a bicycle into the street, officer Brad Gallant said.

Hiram Dean was taken by Med-Care Ambulance to Rumford Hospital after the 5:34 p.m. accident, he said.

Dean and another youth on a bicycle entered Falmouth Street traveling east from a parking lot in between buildings. The other child made it safely across, but Dean was struck by a 2013 red Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by Daryl Simard, 66, of Rumford, who was following Falmouth Street and driving south, Gallant said.

Rumford Sgts. Tracey Higley and James Bernard and Oxford County Deputy Sheriff Cpl. George Cayer and Rumford rescue personnel responded.

No charges are expected.

“This is the third issue on Falmouth Street with an unsupervised child,” Gallant said. “One of these days, we’re going to have another fatal like that one by the rotary.”

He was referring to George Bernard Dubendris, 73, of Rumford, who was walking across Rumford Avenue in the crosswalk on May 8, 2011, when he was hit by a 2001 GMC Sonoma truck driven by Katrina Milliken, 36, also of Rumford, Rumford police Cpl. Lawrence Winson said at the time.

Dubendris, who suffered head injuries, was taken by helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, where he died 14 days later.

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