9-year-old dies in bicycle accident in Franklin County

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The Franklin County Coroner says a 9-year-old girl has died from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident at a campground near Brookville.

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the bicycle accident that occurred Saturday afternoon at the Mounds Recreational Area campground located in Franklin County just north of Brookville, IN.

Eye witness statements say a 9-year-old female was traveling down a paved incline at a high rate of speed on her bicycle when trying to slow down by using her feet, instead of her brakes, left the roadway, hit a small ditch causing her to impact the handle bars.

Witnesses and other campers came to her aid before emergency medical services arrived.

The young female was transported by Air Care to Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati.

She was not wearing any type of protective equipment at the time of the incident.

The impact was to her throat and neck area, though the cause of death is unknown.  An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday, May 25.

The accident is still under investigation at this time.

Agencies assisting at the scene were Brookville City Police, Franklin County Sheriff Department, EMS 2, Blooming Grove Volunteer Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division.

Indiana Conservation Officers encourage the use of protective gear while operating bicycles or other off road type vehicles to reduce the risk of injury.