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Tragic accident seriously injures for 5-year-old bicyclist

Residents of Columbus are often upset when a senseless accident causes an injury. But nothing is more heartbreaking than when a young child is hurt. Parents try to protect their children from all types of harm, but they cannot be everywhere all the time. Such was the apparent case last month when an accident critically injured a 5-year-old Bucyrus boy.

The accident took place on Tiffin Street. The car driver, a 66-year-old man, said the boy "suddenly appeared in the road." Not able to stop his vehicle in time, the bike was said to slide under the car, where it damaged the fuel tank. The boy was taken from the scene by LifeStar Ambulance to Bucyrus Community Hospital. Upon further evaluation of his injuries it was decided to transport the boy by helicopter to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. The boy was last reported to be in critical condition.

Police say the accident happened at about 5:26 in the afternoon. The driver of the car and his passengers did not sustain injury. The investigation is still underway, and no citations have as yet been issued.

While this incident is indeed tragic, it illustrates how quickly an accident causing serious injury can occur. Auto and truck accidents often result in serious injuries, including brain injuries and spinal cord injuries which can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering. The parents are understandably consumed with the health of their child and their prayers for his recovery. They will also want answers.

A situation like this reminds drivers to keep an every watchful eye for children playing or bicycling near the roads because, like it appears in this situation, there isn't always time to stop. As parents, it provides an opportunity to sit down and discuss with our children about the dangers of the roadways and the cars that drive down them. A review of bicycle safety and road rules is always a helpful refresher.

Source: The Bucyrus Telegraph Forum, "Bucyrus boy struck by SUV in critical condition," Oct. 12, 2011

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