Thursday 11th February 2016 – 11.10am – Murray MacGregor.
A teenage cyclist whose head hit the windscreen of a small van, as he wasn’t wearing a helmet, has had an extremely lucky escape.
The incident happened outside a Coventry school at about 8.40am on Wednesday morning.
An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer were sent to Radford Road, outside Barrs Hill School and Community College.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a small van with a badly damaged windscreen, with a dent in the bonnet.
“The 14 year old cyclist was confused and he couldn’t remember the incident, which are all the hallmarks of a head injury; the teenager was not wearing a cycle helmet at the time.
“Due to his condition, he was taken on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire where doctors were waiting for his arrival. Fortunately, it appears as though his injury is not too serious.
“The driver was shaken by the incident but was uninjured.
“Wearing a cycle helmet, or not, has to be a personal decision. However, it is the view of the ambulance service that wearing a helmet when cycling is advisable.”