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April 12, 2014

Girl dies after van hits bike

ANDERSON — A 12-year-old girl who was hit by a van Friday night while riding a bike on Scatterfield Road died early Saturday morning from her injuries.

According to Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson, Suncerria Uditsky and her father, Marcus Uditsky, of Anderson were riding their bicycles south on Scatterfield near Rainbow Boulevard when a van, driven by Robert Scharnowske of Anderson, hit Suncerria. Richardson said the father was riding behind his daughter when the van swerved. The van missed the father but hit the girl.

Richardson said Scharnowske told police he was also traveling south on Scatterfield when he looked at a sign on the side of the roadway. He said when he looked back he was almost on top of the riders. He tried to swerve to the left and missed the father but hit the back of the Suncerria's bike.

Richardson said the girl hit the front of the van before falling onto the roadway.

Suncerria was treated at the scene by local medics for a head injury and was transported initially to Community Hospital in Anderson. She was later airlifted to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis where she was taken into surgery.

Richardson said Madison County dispatch was notified by the Marion County Coroner on Saturday that Suncerria had died from her injuries. He did not know what the exact cause of death was.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to this family," Richardson said. "It's getting warmer out, and they were just out enjoying the weather."

Officers at the scene put Scharnowske through a field sobriety test, which he passed. Richardson said he was cooperating with police and no alcohol or other impairments are suspected at this time. The investigation is ongoing but no charges have currently been filed.

The incident occurred around 8:40 p.m. Friday. Richardson said it was not quite dark yet when the accident happened. Suncerria and her father were on their way home.

No comment from the Uditsky family or Scharnowske was available as of Saturday night.

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB, or call 640-4847.


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