13 year old behind the wheel hits cyclist in Dickson

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ACT Policing is investigating a collision between a car and a cyclist in Dickson yesterday afternoon (Saturday 25 June 2016), which involved an unlicensed underage driver.

About 3pm, a black Holden Commodore turning right at the intersection of Cowper Street and Dickson Place, Dickson, collided with a cyclist travelling straight through the intersection in the opposite direction.

The 24-year-old male cyclist sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to hospital for treatment by the ACT Ambulance Service.

ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team attended the incident and identified the driver as a 13-year-old girl. The sole passenger in the vehicle was identified as the girl’s father, a 50-year-old man from Canberra’s north.

Community and Safety Superintendent Rob Wilson said police would now investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident and the appropriate actions to take.

“Police will be investigating this incident to understand how a 13-year-old girl came to be driving a car with her father beside her.”

“The road rules are in place to minimise injury and death on our roads – no one is safe to drive before they have gone through the appropriate road ready training. The responsibility of road safety is too great a burden to sit on the shoulders of a 13-year-old girl,” Superintendent Wilson said.

Investigations into the collision are ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the incident and has not yet spoken to police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference 5977949. Information can be provided anonymously.

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