Child struck while riding bike dies

Child struck while riding bike dies

There are 24 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Mar 22, 2009, titled Child struck while riding bike dies. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

The child was hit Thursday evening on West Hickory Road near Brooklodge Road in Hickory Corners.

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david

Canton, OH

#1 Mar 22, 2009
thoughts and prayers to both families.
wow

Breckenridge, CO

#2 Mar 22, 2009
Dear God, what a tradgedy, for both families. My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy to both.
Emily

Canton, MI

#3 Mar 22, 2009
How extremely sad. How about now, do you suppose now is the time to have a special report on bike safety. Too many people are dying lately due to bike vs. vehicle accident.

“Never, Never, Never give up!”

Since: Mar 09

Grand Rapids

#4 Mar 22, 2009
Our prayers are with the family, I know jesus will keep him safe.
MrAtlanta

United States

#5 Mar 22, 2009
My son is 11 I am so sad for there family my prayers are with you all.

Since: Jun 08

Spring Lake, MI

#6 Mar 22, 2009
Thoughts and prayers to both families. Please, please, please both drivers and bike riders, be aware of your surroundings. More people are out riding bikes, we all have to be careful.
ima parent

United States

#7 Mar 22, 2009
The original report stated that he was stable. What happened? How sad for everyone involved. My family lost a child due to an accident...I will keep them in my thoughts.This is truly the worst thing that can ever happen to a family.
Heart broken

Jackson, MI

#8 Mar 23, 2009
It's been bike vs SUV or P/U truck, statistically speaking (in the majority of these accidents).

SUV and P/U drivers do in fact share a common denominator with respects to multiple personality traits, as much in denial the owners and drivers of these death machines are.

You see an SUV or P/U truck, take a moment and write down the plate number, no matter whose driving or take a picture with your phone camera.

That way when they're inv9olved in some deadly or stupid mistake because of their pushy driving you can help the police bring the bashtards to justice and get them off the road.
Bummer

United States

#9 Mar 23, 2009
Hay dumb shi-t. This is a tragity and those involved have to live with this for ever. For your info the truck is a two wheel drive ranger. Not realy a truck or suv. More of an Escort or small car.
Heart broken wrote:
It's been bike vs SUV or P/U truck, statistically speaking (in the majority of these accidents).
SUV and P/U drivers do in fact share a common denominator with respects to multiple personality traits, as much in denial the owners and drivers of these death machines are.
You see an SUV or P/U truck, take a moment and write down the plate number, no matter whose driving or take a picture with your phone camera.
That way when they're inv9olved in some deadly or stupid mistake because of their pushy driving you can help the police bring the bashtards to justice and get them off the road.
Snowgirl

Holland, MI

#10 Mar 23, 2009
I lost my nephew May 5, 2008 to a similiar accident, may "both" families involved know that your in my thoughts & prayers. It's been almost a year now and it's hard. Please find a support group in your area, it will help ease some of the pain & sorrow.......God bless. To the young driver, I know you have to live with this the rest of your life too, you too should seek some counsiling, it was an accident, don't beat yourself up the rest of your life, I hope in time the family of this young boy can/will forgive you!
Hickory Corners Dad

United States

#11 Mar 23, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are out to the familys. I don't know anything about the driver and I am just making a comment about how the majority drive on this road. People must assume that becuase its a very small rural rural town that they don't have to obey any speed limits. As I wait every day to put our children on the bus and my neigbors kids countless cars go speeding by. Just slow down there are many children in this area. This road is used alot for people on there bikes, the summer brings many out on there Harleys. We have huge semi from the local farms and tractors. Its a very busy road just be careful. Know that just becuase its rural doesn't mean there aren't kids that could come out of no where.
Big Balls Golf

United States

#12 Mar 23, 2009
Emily wrote:
How extremely sad. How about now, do you suppose now is the time to have a special report on bike safety. Too many people are dying lately due to bike vs. vehicle accident.
What kind of bike safety are you taking about? I'm guessing he may of had a helmet on maybe not. But when your on a bike and hit by a car, a bike helmet wont protect you. I dont know the area that well, but I'm guessing its a rural area, no bike trails or sidwalks to ride on. Most likely the 12 year old was on the side of the road, maybe swerved alittle and the car hit him. Just bad thing all around. But no real need for bike safety. Plain and simple see a bike on the side of the road, move over to the middle of the road.

Since: Jan 09

Hersey, Michigan

#13 Mar 23, 2009
It's a sad sign of the times when some folks here immediately want to enact a bunch of new laws that probably would not have prevented this tragic accident and at the same time others are indicting all pickup and SUV drivers as having macho personality disorders and being just short of murderers. What imbecilic narrow mindedness! I feel I must apologize for these idiots.
ohplease

Bellaire, MI

#14 Mar 23, 2009
Heart broken wrote:
It's been bike vs SUV or P/U truck, statistically speaking (in the majority of these accidents).
SUV and P/U drivers do in fact share a common denominator with respects to multiple personality traits, as much in denial the owners and drivers of these death machines are.
You see an SUV or P/U truck, take a moment and write down the plate number, no matter whose driving or take a picture with your phone camera.
That way when they're inv9olved in some deadly or stupid mistake because of their pushy driving you can help the police bring the bashtards to justice and get them off the road.
You are a jerk. I'm so sick of seeing your bash SUV and truck driver comments. Get off that horse!

There are just as many pedestrians hit by CARS than by SUV and trucks!! You are such a jealous can't afford a SUV or truck fool. Grow up.
ohman

Lapeer, MI

#15 Mar 23, 2009
so sad. Prayers to the family and the driver.
Sue Donym

Ionia, MI

#16 Mar 23, 2009
Big Balls Golf wrote:
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What kind of bike safety are you taking about? I'm guessing he may of had a helmet on maybe not. But when your on a bike and hit by a car, a bike helmet wont protect you. I dont know the area that well, but I'm guessing its a rural area, no bike trails or sidwalks to ride on. Most likely the 12 year old was on the side of the road, maybe swerved alittle and the car hit him. Just bad thing all around. But no real need for bike safety. Plain and simple see a bike on the side of the road, move over to the middle of the road.
While I agree with much of what you say, I have friends whose lives have been saved because they were wearing bike helmets at the time a car collided with them. They may not help if the driver is going at highway speeds, but helmets can and do save lives even when one of the parties is a motor vehicle.

Parents, please require that your child wear a helmet; make it cool (put stickers on it if that makes your child happy). Just as important, be a role model and wear one yourself, not only to show them the right thing to do, but so that your children are not left without a mother/father in the event of an accident.
MIchelle

Grandville, MI

#17 Mar 23, 2009
Snowgirl wrote:
I lost my nephew May 5, 2008 to a similiar accident, may "both" families involved know that your in my thoughts & prayers. It's been almost a year now and it's hard. Please find a support group in your area, it will help ease some of the pain & sorrow.......God bless. To the young driver, I know you have to live with this the rest of your life too, you too should seek some counsiling, it was an accident, don't beat yourself up the rest of your life, I hope in time the family of this young boy can/will forgive you!
Many thoughts and prayers to you and your family as well Snowgirl. My family lost a young man (20) in a horrific accident a little over 5 years ago and it's still painful. Search for the "Grieving Parents Forum" on WOOD. You'll meet many, many nice people who have went thru the loss of a family member. Take Care.

Thoughts and prayers to both all involved in this horrific accident.
ohman

Lapeer, MI

#18 Mar 23, 2009
Sue Donym wrote:
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Parents, please require that your child wear a helmet; make it cool (put stickers on it if that makes your child happy). Just as important, be a role model and wear one yourself, not only to show them the right thing to do, but so that your children are not left without a mother/father in the event of an accident.
I TOTALLY agree with that paragraph! It irks me when I see parents out riding bikes with the kids and THEY don't have helmets on but the kids do! Practice what you preach parents!!
Big Balls Golf

United States

#19 Mar 24, 2009
ohman wrote:
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I TOTALLY agree with that paragraph! It irks me when I see parents out riding bikes with the kids and THEY don't have helmets on but the kids do! Practice what you preach parents!!
Okay, not sure what your age is. BUT I'm guessing at some point you were a child that rode your bike around without a helmet. I mean yes safety first, and always. BUT please stop with the bleeding heart liberal crap about ALWAYS needing a helmet. Come on, what happen to the hold days when you would find two boards and and make a jump, crash in your front yard?
Unbelievable Quincy Mi

Grand Rapids, MI

#20 Mar 25, 2009
First I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the family. I lost my ten year old son much the same way in 2005. I realize this was an accident, but the child was hit from behind and that is not exceptable. The law in mi. states that bikes have a right to the road the same as cars. But a car cannot over take a bycycle on the road. This seems to be the what has happened here too.

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