PEPPERELL -- A 12-year-old boy is conscious and alert after being struck by a car as he rode his bicycle along Main Street Monday afternoon.

According to Pepperell Police Department Lt. Todd Blain, a 37-year-old male driver, who was not from Pepperell, struck the boy as he drove his car across Main Street, from Canal to Mill street.

The boy, a Pepperell resident, was riding eastbound on Main Street. Witnesses have given conflicting reports about whether the boy was in the crosswalk or not, Blain said, although most said he was.

"The driver stopped (as he was) crossing the intersection, but didn't see the bike and bumped him. The impact threw the child off the bike, and the vehicle did stop right away," Blain said.

The victim was transported to Nashoba Valley Medical Center by ambulance. Blain said that the investigation is ongoing, but he does not believe the child was wearing a helmet.

"The last we heard was that he has a bump on the head, but is conscious, alert and talking," Blain said.

Criminal charges against the driver are still being considered, but two civil citations have been filed -- failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and failure to yield at an intersection, Blain said. Both citations carry fines.

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