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Car hits garage
No injuries after driver swerves to miss child on bike
Courier Staff Report
Friday, May 03, 2013 11:00 AM
Madison police are investigating an accident where a vehicle drove through a garage on Bellaire Drive on Thursday night.
Chief Dan Thurston said William T. Meador, 26, of Madison, was westbound on Bellaire Drive in a white Ford Explorer when he saw a 9-year-old boy on a bike in the street. Thurston said Meador swerved to miss the child, and may have hit the accelerator instead of the brake.
Meador's vehicle crashed into the garage at 211 Bellaire Drive and exited the back of the residence. According to the county's GIS system, the home is owned by John J. Anderson.
Meador's vehicle clipped a tire on the boy's bike, but the child only suffered a skinned knee and was not taken to the hospital, according to police. The vehicle and the trailer it was towing were not seriously damaged.
Thurston said officers initially believed the boy was injured as a result of the accident, and Meador was taken to the hospital for a blood draw to check for drugs or alcohol, which is required by state law. Once officers learned the boy was not hurt, Meador voluntarily consented to the blood work, police said.
No immediate arrests were made in the case, and blood evidence will be taken to the Indiana State Police laboratory in Indianapolis for examination.
Sgt. William Watterson, Senior Patrolman Jeremy Cox and Patrolmen Ricky Harris and Craig Hahn all assisted with the investigation.
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