WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A 14-year-old boy is recovering from serious injuries when the bicycle he was riding collided with a car driven by a woman who had a suspended license.
Authorities say the crash happened around 4 p.m. Friday in the Rockholds community. Deputies say the driver, 29-year-old Latosha Cureton, was driving on a suspended license after being arrested for driving under the influence.
The 14-year-old, Cody Havens, has numerous injuries including a broken pelvis, three broken bones in his leg and a lacerated spleen.
Sheriff Colan Harrell says this incident says the punishment for people operating vehicles on suspended licenses is not severe enough to prevent these collisions from happening.
“[It] kind of makes me think what are we going to do to keep these people off the road? We are doing our job on it. We are arresting these people. But apparently, it doesn’t have an impact on them. Or the penalty is not severe enough," Harrell said.
Cureton was not charged with any DUI offenses Friday, but police say she has several previous offenses.
She was released from the Whitley County Detention Center following her arrest.
Havens is currently recovering at the University of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville.