Cyclist distracts student driver in Roy; car flips after hitting pole

Mar 14 2013 - 11:55pm

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A 16-year-old boy with a learner’s permit says he became distracted by a cyclist and drifted off the road in Roy on Thursday. He went over the curb, hit a power pole and flipped the car. He and his mother were treated at the scene. (BUBBA BROWN/Standard-Examiner)
A 16-year-old boy with a learner’s permit says he became distracted by a cyclist and drifted off the road in Roy on Thursday. He went over the curb, hit a power pole and flipped the car. He and his mother were treated at the scene. (BUBBA BROWN/Standard-Examiner)
A 16-year-old boy with a learner’s permit says he became distracted by a cyclist and drifted off the road in Roy on Thursday. He went over the curb, hit a power pole and flipped the car. He and his mother were treated at the scene. (BUBBA BROWN/Standard-Examiner)
A 16-year-old boy with a learner’s permit says he became distracted by a cyclist and drifted off the road in Roy on Thursday. He went over the curb, hit a power pole and flipped the car. He and his mother were treated at the scene. (BUBBA BROWN/Standard-Examiner)

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ROY -- A mother and her son, a 16-year-old driving on his learner's permit, both walked away from a rollover crash in Roy with no injuries Thursday evening.

Roy Police Officer Curtis Mortenson said the boy and his mother, who is in her mid-30s, were driving south on 2700 West near 5250 South around 6:55 p.m. when the boy looked at someone riding a bike to his right and began to drift that way.

The car then hit the curb and crashed into a power pole before the teen overcorrected and flipped the car.

Neither the teen nor his mother was hurt, Mortenson said, though both received care at the scene. Both were wearing seat belts.

The crash took out a power transformer, cutting off the power in a handful of homes, said Roy Police Sgt. Shane Hubbard. It was anticipated that power would be returned later Thursday night.

Kana Biddle, who lives in a house behind the power pole and was entering her home when the wreck occurred, said the accident was the third serious accident on that block in the last two years.

Mortenson said the mother said the youth was driving under the speed limit.

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