Child struck on East North Street

The Georgetown Police Department recently investigated a car accident in which a 7-year-old bicyclist was struck.

On Wednesday, August 1, around 6:20 p.m., police were dispatched to East North Street, east of North Railroad Avenue, for a traffic collision, and found a young child with injuries in the roadway. Their investigation revealed that an SUV, being operated by a Georgetown man, was traveling eastbound on East North Street when the child cyclist entered the road from a private driveway. The front of the SUV struck the child, who was thrown from the bicycle. The child was not wearing a helmet and suffered a head injury and multiple abrasions to the legs.

The child was transported by ambulance to Beebe Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries and later released. No charges were filed against the driver.

The Georgetown Police Department would like to remind 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 that 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.