Boy Struck by Cyclist Gets 100 Stitches
A fun day out on a holiday turned into a scary moment for the Sittig family in Somerville, N.J. According to the Asbury Park Press, 4-year-old Clark Sittig was struck by a cyclist while watching the Tour of Somerville races.
About the Cyclist Accident
Sittig’s mother told reporters that her son sustained a serious head injury when he was struck by an oncoming cyclist. That collision spawned another accident involving six cyclists. The boy’s mother was inside a nearby pizzeria when the accident happens but insisted that her son did not run out onto the race course.
A witness gave the family a t-shirt to stop the bleeding while a pediatric nurse who happened to be in the crowd also assisted. Sittig was taken to a nearby hospital where he received 100 stitches and full check-up.
Bicycle Safety Facts
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that all bicyclists wear a properly fitted helmet each and every time they ride. It has been shown that helmts are the single most effective way to prevent head injuries as a result of a bicycle crash.
NHTSA also suggests that riders can increase their visibility by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing. At night, riders should use a front light and a red reflector or flashing rear light as well as reflective tape to increase visibility.