2016-10-04 / Front Page

BMS student struck by car on way to school

Staff Writer

UPDATE 2:08 p.m: Deputy Police JoAnne Fisk said in an email this afternoon the boy struck by a minivan this morning will be fine, and will remain at the hospital overnight for observation only. He is expected to be released tomorrow. 

The nature and extent of his injuries was not made clear. A second call to a spokesman for MMC in Portland has not yet been returned. 

Fisk identified the vehicle's operator as Tiba Kamaluldeen, 29, of Biddeford. Fisk said Kamaluldeen turned into the JFK Kindergarten Center around 7:30 a.m. to drop off her child, when she struck the victim, who was operating his bicycle on the sidewalk, as he passed the driveway of the school. 

The boy was apparently pinned underneath the car until firefighters and EMS arrived. 

Fisk said Kamaluldeen was cited for violation of instruction permit, indicating she had not obtained a permanent license to drive a vehicle. 

The accident is still being reconstructed by specially-trained police personnel. 

UPDATE 10:40 a.m.: School Superintendent Jeremy Ray this morning said he could not comment on the student's condition due to potential violations of both the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, which protects students' privacy, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which requires the confidential handling of health care records. 

Ray said he could not confirm the nature of the crash because he was not at the scene, but said he believed the student may have been on a sidewalk outside the kindergarten center when he was hit. 

Ray also said counselors and social workers with the school department would be available to students at both the middle school and Biddeford Primary School. He said a bus transporting primary school students may have witnessed the accident. 

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BIDDEFORD — Biddeford Police this morning are investigating a car accident involving a 14-year-old boy they say was riding his bike to school.

Deputy Police Chief JoAnne Fisk said the boy, whose name has not been made available, was struck by a 2003 Dodge Caravan in the parking lot of John F. Kennedy Kindergarten Center on West Street. 

Biddeford emergency medical services transported the boy to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Clay Holtzman, spokesman for the hospital, said he could not confirm the student's presence in the hospital as of this morning.

Holtzman said the hospital cannot confirm a patient's presence if the patient is a minor. He also said it is the hospital's policy to not release patient condition reports for minors without permission from the individual's family. 

Karen Chasse, director of community outreach and development for the Biddeford School Department, said in a release that police and the kindergarten school’s faculty acted “swiftly” to respond to the scene. 

Chasse said the student's parents have been notified. 

Fisk said she would be releasing more information as it becomes available. She said in a phone call this morning that the police are working to reconstruct the crash scene as they continue their investigation. 

“Our accident reconstructionists are reconstructing,” Fisk said. 

Chasse said the school department has activated its crisis team and that guidance counselors and social workers will be made available to students who may need support. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

— Staff Writer Alan Bennett can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 329 or abennett@journaltribune.com.

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