Saturday, June 25, 2011

Baldwin teenager run over by garbage truck 'fighting for his life'

Daniel-DiNardi.jpgDaniel DiNardi is shown with his mother, Paula, in a photograph posted on a Facebook page.
MOBILE, Alabama -- A 14-year-old bicyclist run over by a garbage truck on Thursday remained in critical condition today, according to officials with the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile.
Daniel DiNardi was riding home from a summer-school program when he was struck shortly after noon Thursday by a Waste Management garbage truck at the intersection of Baldwin County highways 13 and 64.
The triple-axle truck’s rear tires rolled over and crushed much of the boy’s body. Immediately afterward, he was conscious, Daphne police Capt. Danny Bell said.
A new Facebook page appeared late Thursday that is devoted to a “prayer chain” for the teen. The page states that DiNardi is “fighting for his life” after suffering “head trauma, a shattered pelvis, lacerated liver, ruptured spleen, and is on a respirator.”
Terry Wilhite, Baldwin County Public Schools spokesman, said the boy is a Daphne Middle School student.
Efforts to contact DiNardi’s family were unsuccessful Friday.

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