Two kids on bicycles hit in as many days


Another serious accident scene - another bicycle rider down. Two now in less than two days.

Alex Volz, a 12 year-old boy hit by a car while he peddled away from a church carnival Friday night.

He has a severe head trauma and almost lost a leg. Then Saturday afternoon 15-year-old Jordin Ross, struck at Fall Creek and 30th Streets. Police say Jordan was crossing against the red light.

IMPD Officer Christopher Wilburn says "the motorist was in a control lane northbound, swerved to avoid a collision but unfortunately struck the child."

Jordan suffered head injuries and a broken collarbone. His cousin, Lauren King, said "he's on a ventilator right now because he is having slow breathing. Hopefully he'll be OK. It's just going to take him a long healing process."

Police say the car driver had the green light, alcohol is not suspected. The driver's boyfriend said she was "pretty upset." He said she did what she could to stop.

In Friday's accident and Saturday's neither bike rider had a helmet. Officer Wilburn says if there's a lesson to be learned in all this it's "if you have the equipment, use it, it will help you." Wear a helmet.

As we drove to cover the accident Saturday afternoon we spotted four bicyclists in about thirty seconds without helmets. Another cyclist even drove up to the head injury accident without head protection. He said he's been hit by cars a few times and says seeing today's wreck may get him to wear a helmet. "That might have been me," he said , pointing to the accident scene.

The victim's cousin said when her mother heard about the wreck "she passed out. They had to help her up. It's heartbreaking." The whole family's reaction, Lauren King says. Fears for a teen struck while he peddled back from his mother's store.

"He just wanted a bike so his mom just got him one yesterday," says Lauren.