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Boy on bicycle killed in El Reno, school staff and students mourn

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 5, 2010 at 6:36 pm •  Published: May 5, 2010
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EL RENO — Students and teachers at schools in the El Reno district are in mourning today after learning a third-grader was killed Tuesday in a bicycle accident, a school official said

Joshua Cawthon, 9, died in an accident involving the bicycle he was riding and a pickup, police said. The pickup driver, Arlie Knight, 60, of El Reno was treated for injuries, police said.

Teachers from Lincoln Elementary School and counselors went to the boy's home, Superintendent Ranet Tippens said.

Tippens said extra counselors are at the school this morning. The boy's siblings attend other El Reno schools where counselors may also be available.

""We have a very compassionate staff here but it is a very sad day," Tippens said.

Knight had not been cited for any wrongdoing this morning, El Reno Police Chief Ken Brown said.

About 5 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to the intersection of Oak Street and Gresham Street in a west El Reno neighborhood, Brown said.

"We're still investigating this and interviewing witnesses," Brown said this morning.

Fire Chief Kent Lagaly said firefighters who arrived first found the boy beneath the left front tire of the pickup. He died at the scene, Lagaly said.

Lagaly said it was a tragic scene Tuesday evening as neighbors and family stood outside.

"It's an older area of town. It is not on a main street, it is a neighborhood," Lagaly said. "I have two young girls and it made me want to go home and hold them," Lagaly said.

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