TOWN OF STEUBEN — A teen-ager on a bicycle was critically injured when struck by a backing milk tanker on Route 274 Monday.
Deputies said Brenda L. Brouty, 43, of Carthage, Lewis County, was operating a 2003 Peterbilt milk tanker and was preparing to back into the driveway of a farm at 9516 Route 274 when she heard a loud noise from the back of the truck.
Brouty said she exited the tanker and found a youth wearing a bicycle helmet lying on the ground injured behind her truck. The victim’s bicycle was found damaged underneath a raised third axle.
Deputies said Brouty then called 9-1-1 for help. The bicycle rider, later identified as Christopher R. Welch, 17, of Barneveld, was airlifted by Mercy Flight to St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, with head and leg injuries. He was later airlifted to SUNY Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse for further treatment, where he was listed in critical condition, deputies said.
Brouty was charged with not having reverse lights and an audible alarm working on the truck. She will appear in Steuben Town Court.
Holland Patent Fire Department, Prospect Ambulance, and the state police Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit assisted.