Helmet saves teen from possible head injury after being struck by a pickup truck

A collision at 200 W. State Street involving a teen riding a bicycle and a pickup truck left one person with minor injuries, Hurricane, Utah, May 27, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

HURRICANE — A cyclist wearing a helmet was saved from possible head injury after being struck by a pickup truck as he crossed State Street in Hurricane Friday evening.

Just after 8 p.m. emergency personnel were dispatched to 200 W. State Street in Hurricane to a reported collision between a pickup truck and a bicycle, Hurricane Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said.

The 16-year-old male cyclist received minor injuries from the collision.

Officers determined the cyclist was struck while attempting to cross from the north side of 200 West to the south side of 200 West by crossing State Street.

The teen was struck by a 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by a 47-year-old man just as he entered the westbound lanes of State Street at South 200 West, Buell said.

The driver of the truck attempted to avoid the collision by turning his wheel sharply and braking quickly, but he was unable to avoid hitting the teen and knocking him off the bicycle.

“It’s very possible that he (the cyclist) could have had a much more serious head injury and the helmet may have prevented it,” Buell said.

Emergency personnel tended to the youth’s injuries at the scene, however the teen refused transport to the hospital, Buell said.

All six occupants in the truck reported no injuries. The truck sustained minimal damages.

Both westbound lanes of State Street at 200 West were blocked for approximately 20 minutes after the collision, however officers were quickly able to clear one lane for traffic to proceed, Buell said.

No citations were issued.

The Hurricane Police Department, Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue, and Washington County Sheriff deputies responded and tended to the scene.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings. 

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4 Comments

  • Road Bike May 28, 2016 at 12:57 am

    As cycling without a helmet increases your risk of accident or injury. So everyone must wear it while they are riding.If you need more information please click here http://roadbikehub.com/best-road-bike-helmets-review/

  • St. G May 28, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    The number of traumatic brain injuries for cyclists is a fraction of those which occur in cars (about 300,000) annually. It might be time to compel people in cars to wear helmets.

  • .... May 29, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    well helmets don’t always work ,after all people like Real Life still go around thinking their important

  • dean00939984 October 6, 2016 at 3:30 am

    I should put on helmets to protect your head. …
    Ed. ellipsis.

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