Reporting Meghan McCorkell
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Dangerous dirt bikes taking over city streets. Now a 6-year-old boy is in the hospital, hit by someone riding a bike illegally.
Meghan McCorkell explains the hunt is on to find that rider.
Police say a dirt biker slammed into that little boy as he was walking right near a school. Now they want that driver off the street.
Police are on the lookout for a dangerous dirt bike rider who nearly killed 6-year-old Corey Adams. The little boy was walking in an elementary school field when a witness tells WJZ the dirt bike driver popped a wheelie, lost control of his bike and slammed into the 6-year-old.
The driver got off his bike, shook the unconscious child, then drove away.
“We all have kids and we want our kids to be safe. Then on a school yard at that! Riding a dirt bike! Come on now,” Roderick Gibson, a neighbor, said.
Neighbors say illegal dirt bikes dominate these streets daily.
“They be taunting the police. I see that too,” neighbor Doris Falcon said.
Sky Eye Chopper 13 caught a dirt bike pack dangerously weaving through traffic.
But one city leader says if you want to get the dirt bikes off the streets, you’ve got to give them another place to ride.
“I think it would be more proactive for us to look at creating trails for things like dirt bikes or off-road vehicles,” Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes (District 12) said.
Stokes worries freewheeling dirt bikers on the street could create more danger this spring.
“The dirt bikers are concerned about being nabbed by the police so they’re taking even more chances in terms of speeding,” he said.
Police are now hoping to nab the driver who hit Adams.
Witnesses say he’s in his 20s with braids. He drives a red and black bike with the number 13 or 23 on the side.
That 6-year-old is in serious condition. His family tells WJZ he had his teeth knocked out and underwent surgery on Thursday.
Baltimore police are not allowed to chase dirt biker riders because it’s too dangerous. Instead, they use police helicopters to track bikers.