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Spreckels Avenue/Norman Drive intersection yields two accidents

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Spreckels Avenue/Norman Drive intersection yields two accidents

Medics work with a 17-year-old youth who was hit by a car on Spreckels Avenue near the intersection of Norman Drive about 5 p.m. Monday.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED September 3, 2012 11:00 p.m.

Two traffic incidents over the Labor Day weekend took place at Spreckels Avenues at Norman Drive near the Manteca Target store.

Monday at about 5 p.m. a 17-year-old youth reportedly rode his bicycle into the path of an eastbound car that had just made a stop and was entering the intersection at the time of the crash.

The youth was thrown from his bicycle at the southwest corner of the intersection injuring his left leg. Manteca fire medics and an ambulance crew tended to his leg before he was put onto a gurney and taken to the hospital.

The driver of the car said he had not seen the youth before the impact and believed he had come from the area of the Target Department Store across the street.

On Saturday at about 11 a.m. Rick Roberts and his 13-year-old son were returning from Home Depot to their residence in the Curran Grove subdivision when they said they were almost hit by a southbound vehicle.

Roberts said he and his son had been allowed to cross in the intersection crosswalk by a car that stopped for them but then a second car pulled out of the intersecting Norman Drive and came within three feet of hitting them.

He recalled the moment saying he had the can of stain in his left hand that he was also using to hold his small Whippet dog. With his right hand he grabbed his son’s shirt and pulled him back. He said he dropped the container of stain that hit the car and literally exploded covering the three of them and the roadway that still bears the stain spread on the asphalt. No one was hurt, however he said the woman drove off to her home and returned five minutes later with her husband.

Neither was cited by officers, Roberts said who still had stain on his face and upper chest Monday afternoon.

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