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Child Taken to Hospital After Crash Involving Car and Bicyclist

A crash on Novato Boulevard at Sandy Creek Way has sent a child to Novato Community Hospital in critical condition. The road will be shut down until approximately 6:30 p.m.

A child was in critical condition Thursday afternoon after being stuck by an SUV on Novato's west side, officials said. 

Novato police and fire officials responded at about 3 p.m. to Novato Boulevard just west of San Marin High School and just east of Sandy Creek Way. First-responders did not release the identity, age or gender of the child.

Police Acting Lt. Jennifer Welch said the child was on a bike and was struck just in front of a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. substation and was transported in critical condition to a hospital. Police scanner reports said the child was taken to Novato Community Hospital and one of the parents was being taken there in another vehicle.

At 4:40 p.m., a helicopter that had landed at the north end of Rowland Way near Novato Community Hospital took off with the patient toward Oakland Children's Hospital.

Shalee Cunningham, superintendent of the Novato Unified School District, sent a e-news blast at 5:40 p.m. saying the child was a Sinaloa Middle School student on the way home from school.

"Counseling will be available for students and staff at the nearby schools," Cunningham wrote. "Our heart-felt thoughts are with the family."

Welch said Novato Boulevard would be shut down until approximately 6:30 p.m.

A mangled child's bicycle was on the ground next to a telephone pole on the south side of Novato Boulevard. A bicycle helmet, backpack and other items were in the middle of the street and being marked by police investigators. A white GMC Yukon SUV was stopped in the middle of the street with a dent in the hood.

At least six Novato police cars and one Marin County Sheriff's deputy were at the site and investigating the crash.

The driver stopped and was cooperating with the police investigation, Welch said.

At 5:30 p.m., Welch said there was no new information to provide on the incident.

— Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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DavidL September 28, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Novato Blvd just re-opened - about 7:00 PM
DavidL September 28, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Novato Blvd re-opened around 7:00 PM
Jill Sabel September 28, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Sending prayers from Oakley, my sister lives nearby. We're holding her high in our hearts.
Barb Curtice September 28, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Janna, this way my daughter's friend...we are in shock. Please keep the prayers coming.
Barb Curtice September 28, 2012 at 02:36 AM
There will be counseling at the schools tomorrow - be sure your kids are aware - even if they didn't know the victim it may very well effect them.
kevinduran September 28, 2012 at 02:45 AM
She did not survive, prayers to her family. her name was Hailey Ratliff 12 years old and they had recently moved to Novato, about 3 months ago.
Laura McCarty September 28, 2012 at 03:21 AM
She is our niece and we love her very much such a pretty loving little girl who had a very bright future her father and mother are wonderful people they are very giving and loving she will be truly missed forever RIP we all love you HJR
Sabrina Ciolino September 28, 2012 at 03:23 AM
The San Ramon Elementary School mom's are getting together a meal train to help the family!
Cdkmclob September 28, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Can anyone pls confirm if she is still in critical condition or has she passed away? God rest her soul.
Eric Lucan September 28, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Thoughts and prayers are with the family.
d vallez September 28, 2012 at 03:37 AM
This is my auntie and her family, they recently moved to Novato about 3 months ago. Sad news but my little cousin did not pull through this tragedy. the family is taking this really hard and we ask for your respect. She truly will be missed.
Mark Burnham September 28, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Life is short. Hold your little ones close. Pray for this family.
Scott September 28, 2012 at 03:51 AM
While walking down the street with my dog, I was approached by the KGO Reporter. I have never encountered a person so rude in my life. This is not a story, it is a time to pray for her and her family, not set up cameras in front of her house.
Lenny murguia September 28, 2012 at 03:53 AM
I hope she gets better and i am praying that she gets better
Bill September 28, 2012 at 03:57 AM
By chance, I arrived at the accident scene just after it happened, before the girl's mom arrived. My heart goes out to her...no mom should ever have to unexpectantly witness such a scene or deal with such an event...and my thoughts and hopes are with her daughter. Also, I don't know what happened but I also feel for the driver of the SUV, who stood by, helplessly, waiting for help to arrive. A brutal, difficult, upsetting event for all involved.
Crystal Ratliff-Chavez September 28, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Thank you all for your prayers and concerns. This sweet and beautiful little girl was my niece. She ended up passing this afternoon. My brother and family are new to the area. We really appreciate the support from the community. Thank you all for the love and support you continue to show.
Tamara September 28, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Our hearts goes out to the family for the loss of their little girl tonight. Rest in peace little one. You had so much life ahead of you. This is truly a heartbreaking day in Novato.
Friend September 28, 2012 at 04:33 AM
I am a friend of the family and sadly this child passed away! Please keep them in your prayers and thoughts!
Novatan September 28, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Editor, perhaps you can take some of the accident scene photos down? This is heartbreaking, to say the least.
Jennifer Marks September 28, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Praying for the Ratliff family during this unimaginably painful time. Heaven received a new angel today. May her memory be a blessing to all who knew her.
Patty Hartley September 28, 2012 at 05:26 AM
This is very, very sad, our hearts go out to her family, I can't imagine what they are going through. We will keep them in our prayers. My heart is pain. What a horrible tragedy...
Tanya September 28, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Devastating breaking heart tragedy... I have my pryers to her family. Rest in peace the little one, the life was way too short for you. My daughter was just getting to know you, now she preys for your family too.
Gigi Cruz September 28, 2012 at 07:33 AM
RIP little Hailey. My prayers to the family. I have a little girl that age and can't even imagine what they're going through. Please Lord grant them peace.
Novato Chess Club September 28, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Tragedy......Bless the community, and may dialogue continue on how we can minimize these accidents, as the Novato grows
Novato Chess Club September 28, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Tragedy......Bless the community, and may dialogue continue on how we can minimize these accidents, as Novato community develops
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I removed one photo that a few emailers found particularly troubling. Thanks for your input.
Simon swetland September 28, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I knew her she died sadly I went to school with her the month she was alive in novato she was really nice thoughtful and funny to
Simon swetland September 28, 2012 at 09:33 PM
She was my friend at the school she died
Simon swetland September 28, 2012 at 09:34 PM
It was only one month ago i went to school with her
Simon swetland September 28, 2012 at 09:35 PM
She passed away that day at about 5:30

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