Child struck, injured by dirt bike in Fort Lauderdale

A young child remained hospitalized with critical injuries Saturday after he was hit by a dirt bike in Fort Lauderdale.

The accident happened Friday just before 6:40 p.m. in the 2300 block of Northwest 16th Street, police said. The injured child’s name and age have not been released.

In a news release issued Saturday, Fort Lauderdale police said the boy ran from the porch of a home on the north side of 16th Street toward the road. A car was heading west, but the driver saw the child and stopped.

A westbound dirt bike tried to pass the stopped car by veering into the eastbound lanes and hit the boy.

The driver of the 2006 off-road vehicle, 22-year-old Brandon Dennis, was thrown from the bike. He was taken to Plantation General Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The boy went to Broward Health Medical Center in critical condition; his injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

Police said charges are pending the completion of the investigation, which is still active. Authorities ask anyone with information about the crash to call the investigator at 954-828-5125.

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