CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A 10-year old child was transferred to a Tampa hospital after suffering a serious head injury in a bicycle crash on the 1600 block of SE 29th Terrace Monday.
Around 4:45 p.m. paramedics and firefighters arrived to find the patient lying on the ground. The child was not wearing a helmet. Paramedics spoke to the mother who was on the scene and provided medical care until the Lee County ambulance arrived.
The patient showed no obvious injuries and only complained that his head was hurting. However, during the ambulance transport, the child’s condition deteriorated and he was transferred to a Tampa hospital where several skull fractures were revealed during the trauma assessment.
The child's current condition is unknown.
It is not known whether anyone was cited for the crash.
The Cape Coral Fire Department says it's important to wear a helmet every time you get on a bike, and it's against the law not to wear a helmet if you are under 16-years-old. Captain Michael Heeder says make sure the helmet has padding on the inside and it fits you properly. He also advises getting a light-colored helmet so it stands out, and buying a new one if you get in a crash while wearing your helmet. He says traumatic brain injuries often do not show up right away.
Maria Bujan says the accident happened right outside her home. She says she ran to help the boy, and dialed 911. She said he was crying and asking for his mom. She says she hopes he is ok. "We're praying, I didn't sleep last night and my sister either, we were waiting to see news of the boy."