Editor's Note: Robert Tremblay, the Milford Superintendent of Schools, released the following statement by e-mail about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
"As a follow-up to the accident last night, I am pleased to report that the 14-year old student who was hit by a car while riding his bike is on his way to making a strong recovery. After speaking with the student’s mother, I am at liberty to disclose the following details:
- The mother is Daniele Sarkisian – Teaching Assistant at Brookside Elementary School;
- The student is Nicolas West – a 14-year old Freshman at Milford High School;
- Following a medically-induced coma last night and into today, Nicolas is now alert, responsive, and seems to be recovering well at UMASS Medical Center.
On behalf of the Sarkisian & West families, thank you for your well-wishes and prayers. The strong support from the schools and community have meant so much to the family."
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A Milford boy who was seriously injured Monday remains under treatment at a hopsital in Worcester, where he was flown from the Milford hospital after being struck by a car while on his bike.
The boy, who was not identified by authorities, sustained a head injury in a collision with a car driven by a 78-year-old Hopedale woman, acording to police.
The 14-year-old is a freshman at said Superintendent of Schools Robert Tremblay. Counselors were made available at the high school for students who are classmates, as well as at other schools in Milford, where the teen has siblings who were in school.
"School counselors have been involved," Tremblay said. "I've been working with the principals to make sure they have been responsive to their needs."
No charges have been filed in the crash, reported shortly before 7 p.m. Monday, according to police. The woman, who stopped her car after the crash, has cooperated fully with police, according to a police press statement released late Monday.
An initial investigation indicates the boy was crossing Spruce Street on his bike when he was struck by the vehicle, which was traveling west, past the Milford Town Library.