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Girl Recovering from Bike Accident Involving Garbage Truck

A girl who was involved in a bike accident last month is still in recovery.

Details about the Bicycle Accident

CBC News is reporting that an 11-year-old was hit and dragged by a garbage truck last month. The father of Joanne Sisson credits her safety helmet for saving her life during the bike accident. Joanne Sisson was riding her bike on her way to Velma E. Baker School when she found herself on the wrong side of a garbage truck. According to CBC News Edmonton, the victim thought the truck was turning right when in fact it turned left. As a result, Jessica Sisson was dragged and suffered deep cuts and a crushed pelvis. The victim was required to have multiple surgeries to set her pelvis and numerous skin grafts on her right arm.

Recovery is expected to be a lengthy for the Grade 6 student and she will be most likely spending the rest of the summer break in the hospital. A total of $6,600 has been raised towards a goal of $10,000 after the parents’ association at the victim’s school started a gofundme page to help the family offset any costs that they may encounter. An investigation into the accident remains ongoing and no charges have been filed at this time.

Important Information about Motor Vehicle Accidents

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people involved in motor vehicle accidents every year in the United States:
• In 2014, there were a total of 32,675 people who were killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States.
• During the same year, a there were 219 fewer motor vehicle accident fatalities than there were the previous year.
• There were 25,000 more people injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2014 than there were in 2013.




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