Eleven-year-old in serious condition

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Niagara Regional Police said an 11-year-old St. Catharines girl is in McMaster Children’s Hospital in serious but stable condition after being struck by a truck Thursday.
Police, St. Catharines Fire and Emergency Services, and Niagara EMS paramedics responded to Vine St., just south of Scott St., at 12:25 p.m. for the report of a cyclist that had been struck.
Police said an investigation revealed that a 67-year-old St. Catharines man was driving his 1986 Ford F150 truck northbound on Vine St., while at the same time an 11-year-old girl was riding her bicycle northbound on the east sidewalk. 
“Approximately 100 metres south of the intersection of Scott St., the cyclist attempted to cross Vine St. at a marked, but uncontrolled pedestrian crosswalk, crossing into the path of the northbound Ford,” police said in a release.
The driver, police said, unsuccessfully attempted to avoid the cyclist by swerving his truck into oncoming traffic, but the front of the Ford came into collision with the cyclist, causing the 11-year-old to ride up onto the hood and off the right side of the truck, landing on the roadway.
The girl was thought to have suffered life-threatening injuries and was transferred from St. Catharines hospital and then airlifted to McMaster. 
The driver of the truck was not injured in the collision, which remains under investigation.