Child Severely Injured in Dirt Bike Accident North of Cumming

Child Severely Injured in Dirt Bike Accident North of Cumming

An 11-year-old boy was airlifted to the hospital Monday afternoon after he wrecked his dirt bike in western Dawson County, Dawson News reports.

The boy was riding his bike along Rosemary Drive, off of Nugget Ridge Road, north of Cumming in Dawson County, when he crashed into a stopped pickup truck. When first responders arrived on the scene, the child was said to be unresponsive.

The boy was promptly taken by ambulance to Atlanta Motorsports Park, where he arrived at around 6 p.m. There, he was taken by helicopter to Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta. His condition is described as critical.

The crash occurred as the boy was driving up a hill as the pickup truck was coming down. The driver of the truck saw the dirt bike and stopped, but the boy kept going and slammed into the truck head on, according to Robin Stone, a spokeswoman for the Georgia State Patrol.

The child was deemed at fault, and no charges were filed.

An article by Forsyth County News originally reported that the youth was riding a four wheeler, but the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the vehicle was in fact a dirt bike.

Dirt bikes are a popular vehicle for children and teens, but they have been known to be dangerous. A 2013 study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that children involved in dirt bike crashes are likely to suffer brain injuries and bone fractures, though it is unknown exactly what the boy’s specific injuries are.

The Center for Disease Control also found that children between the ages of 12 and 15 have the highest rates of dirt bike injuries. The CDC reports that between 2001 and 2004 alone, over 23,000 U.S. children and teens were treated for dirt bike injuries.

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