Police urge helmets and supervision

The Georgetown Police Department responded to two separate motor vehicle collisions involving children on bicycles on Saturday, Oct. 28.

The first crash occurred at about 1:30 p.m., when a 3-year-old boy bicycled off the sidewalk onto East Pine Street and was struck by a 2015 Honda CRV, being operated by a 67-year-old Georgetown woman. The Honda operator stopped immediately after the collision and contacted 911. The boy, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to the hospital by ambulance for non-life threatening injuries. No charges have been filed at this time.

The second collision occurred around 4:50 p.m., when a 9-year-old male bicycled off private property onto Depot Street and was struck by a 1998 GMC SUV, being operated by a 50-year-old Georgetown man. The GMC operator stopped immediately after the collision and contacted 911. The 9-year-old male, 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. He is currently listed in stable condition. No charges have been filed at this time.

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