Crashes raise child bicycle safety concerns in Georgetown

October 30, 2017

Two bicycle crashes Oct. 28 in Georgetown involving children show a need for greater bicycle safety, police say.

The first crash happened at 1:30 p.m. when a boy, 3, was riding a bicycle on the sidewalk of East Pine St. and then went into the roadway, said Detective Joey Melvin of the Georgetown Police Department.

The boy was struck by a 2015 Honda CRV operated by a 67-year-old Georgetown woman, who immediately stopped and called 911. The boy was not wearing a helmet and he was taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. No charges have been filed, Melvin said.

The second crash happened at 4:50 p.m. when a boy, 9, was bicycling on private property and entered Depot Street where he was struck by a 1998 GMC SUV driven by a 50-year-old Georgetown man. The driver stopped immediately and called 911, Melvin said.

The 9-year-old boy was not wearing a helmet; his legs were injured and his head was cut, Melvin said. The boy was flown to A.I. Dupont Children’s Hospital where he is in stable condition. No charges have been filed.

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,” Melvin said. “Additionally, Georgetown Police encourage parents to properly supervise their child when permitting them to operate a bicycle.”