Ice cream rush leads to accident on Wightman

A 5-year-old boy was hit early Friday evening after darting out in front of a stationary ice cream truck on Wightman Street between E. Main Street and Siskiyou Boulevard.

The boy did not appear to be seriously injured, said Sgt. Malcus Williams. He was responsive, not bloodied, not crying, and taken by ambulance to the hospital to be checked out.

The driver and his wife, who are in Ashland visiting, were still on the scene after the boy was taken away, clearly distraught.The driver said the ice cream truck was stopped in the street, not quite in the middle of it, but so that there was no visibility from behind. As he edged around the truck,about 15 miles per hour, the boy suddenly darted across the street on his scooter.

"We half hit him and he half hit us," said the driver's wife, explaining they were going so slow because of the activity on the street. "We just stopped and leapt out of the car, I thought 'This is beyond belief.' It scared the daylights out of us."

She said others positioned him on the lawn and as she was looking to ascertain his condition, she leaned over and asked if anything was broken and the boy said 'no.'

"I hope that's true," she said. "I hope he's okay."

Williams said the driver of the ice cream truck said she was serving ice cream to the children. He did not yet have the boy's identity.

"I'm sure every kid was out around that ice cream truck," he said. "I imagine it was pretty chaotic."

The area where the accident took place is a student housing area.

"This is probably the highest concentration of families and children in Ashland," said Cynthia Ford, a resident in the neighborhood, adding that some people seem to let their kids play semi-unsupervised. She also noted that although in this instance the driver was going slow, oftentimes people shoot down that street at 60 miles per hour.

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