A collision between a bicycle, operated by an 8-year-old Fallbrook boy, and a 2005 Chevrolet driven, by a 19-year-old Fallbrook woman, resulted in serious injuries to the boy. The collision occurred on West Fallbrook Street on the east end of town in Fallbrook. The driver of the Chevrolet was driving at approximately 15 mph when the boy was struck and trapped, along with his bicycle, underneath the Chevrolet.
Although a full report on the boy’s injures is not yet available, we wish the boy a full and speedy recovery. From a community perspective, this incident serve as a reminder that proper precautions should be taken for children, such as wearing a helmet or other protective gear, whenever engaging in potentially dangerous activities such a riding a bike, a skateboard, or scooters, for example. Additionally, traveling motorists should also consider the prevalence and relative unawareness of child pedestrians, especially in residential areas. Although traveling at a speed considered safe for the neighborhood in question may be one way to avoid accidents such as this, drivers should also always be on the lookout for children at play.