Motor vehicle/bicycle collisions spur Georgetown police safety reminder

GEORGETOWN – Georgetown police are offering bicycle safety reminders following two motor vehicle collisions involving children on bicycles.

Both incidents occurred Saturday, Oct. 28, Georgetown Police Department spokesman Det. Joey Melvin said.

The first crash occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. Oct. 28. A 3-year-old boy was bicycling on the sidewalk of East Pine Street and entered onto East Pine Street southbound when he was struck by a 2015 Honda CRV, operated by a 67-year-old Georgetown woman.

The driver of Honda stopped immediately after the collision and contacted 9-1-1. The boy, who was not wearing a helmet, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital by ambulance.

The second collision occurred at approximately 4:50 p.m. Oct. 28. A 9-year-old boy was riding his bike on private property when he entered onto Depot Street and was struck by a 1998 GMC SUV operated by a 50-year-old Georgetown man.

The driver of the GMC stopped immediately and called 9-1-1. The boy, who was not wearing a helmet, sustained significant injuries to his legs as well as a laceration to his head and was flown to A.I. Dupont Hospital in stable condition, Det. Melvin said.

No charges have been filed in either incident, Det. Melvin said.

Georgetown police remind all parents that under Delaware law, children are required to wear a bicycle helmet until the age of 18. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to ensure that their child wears an “approved helmet” per state law, Det. Melvin said.

Additionally, Georgetown police encourage parents to properly supervise their child when permitting them to operate a bicycle.

For more information on Bicycle Safety and tips for parents, visit:

https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicyclists

Safety First

http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Parents_Bike_Safety_Tips-Espanol.pdf

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