STAMFORD - A Stamford teen is recovering in the hospital after police say he was struck by a car while riding his bike, and neighbors are demanding action at the intersection where the incident happened.
According to police, 17-year-old Tariq Andino, a recent high school graduate and athlete, was struck at around 9:30 p.m. Thursday on East Main Street.
The teen was seriously injured and was taken to Stamford Hospital. His mother says that Andino is in the ICU and that he will be undergoing surgery. His jaw is broken and he suffered a leg injury, but he is expected to be OK.
Andino's coach, Mike Evans, says the teen is positive, hard-working and plans on going to Norwalk Community College.
Evans says Andino was helping out at Camp United, which brings together children from several different backgrounds on the basketball court, shortly before the accident took place. He says Andino has faced adversity for his whole life, and this incident will be another small hill for him to climb. Evans says he thinks Andino will recover faster than his doctors expect.
Stamford residents say a traffic light is needed at the dangerous intersection.
Police say the crash is still under investigation, and they add that the driver of the car is 59 years old.