Girl on bike injured when struck by SUV

GEORGETOWN – A 7-year-old girl injured when she was struck by an SUV while riding a bicycle has spurred a public safety reminder from town of Georgetown police.

The incident occurred Aug. 1 at about 6:20 p.m. at East North Street east of North Railroad Avenue, Georgetown Police Department spokesman Det. Joey Melvin said.

Investigation determined the girl entered the roadway from a private driveway into the path of the SUV driven by a Georgetown man.

The front of the SUV struck the child who was thrown from the bicycle. She was not wearing a helmet and received a head injury and multiple abrasions to the legs. The girl was transported by ambulance to Beebe Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and later released. Police have concluded the investigation and no charges will be filed.

Georgetown Police Department reminds everyone of the importance of wearing a properly-fitted bicycle helmet. According to safekidsde.org, helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent – yet only 45 percent of children 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet.

Delaware law regarding bicycle helmets states: “A person under 18 years of age shall not operate or ride as a passenger upon any bicycle unless that person is wearing an approved, properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet. This requirement shall apply to a person who rides upon a bicycle while in a restraining seat which is attached to the bicycle or in a trailer towed by the bicycle. The responsibility of Delaware’s child helmet law lies with the parent or guardian of the child.”

Bicycle helmets serve an integral role in keeping all bicyclist safe, especially children. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, each year approximately two percent of motor vehicle crash deaths are bicyclists. Most cyclist deaths are results of serious head injuries.

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