Steven lucky to es­cape un­harmed from crash

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A PO­TEN­TIALLY tragic ac­ci­dent in Byrnes St on Fri­day had a happy end­ing for a Ma­reeba school­boy who was hit by a car while rid­ing home for tea with his dad.

Steven La Spina-Knowl­ton had been play­ing at Arnold Park and started rid­ing his BMX home when he was hit by a ute on the round­about near McDon­ald’s about 5.30pm.

Steven, 9, was head­ing to­wards Rankin St when he crossed paths with the ute driv­ing to­wards Ma­reeba.

Luck­ily, the ute wasn’t trav­el­ling fast and Steven merely bounced off.

While he cer­tainly got a fright and will need a new bike, he also has a crack­ing story to tell his mates at Ma­reeba State School. Wor­ried fa­ther Neil Knowl­ton was quickly on the scene and was grate­ful things weren’t more se­ri­ous.

“You can re­place a bike but not a life,” he said.

“It’s def­i­nitely a les­son for him but I’m so glad he’s able to tell the story about it.”

The driver of the ute was vis­i­bly shaken by the in­ci­dent and said he would be happy to buy Steven a new bike.

The 17-year-old from Ather­ton was is­sued a no­tice to ap­pear in court on a charge of fail­ing to drive with due care and at­ten­tion.

Steven said he didn’t want the driver to get in trou­ble be­cause he didn’t get hurt.

Ma­reeba Ju­nior Rugby League Un­der 12s player Nash Hinks was awarded Best Back, Zak McCur­ley was named un­der 11s Best and Fairest player and Ai­den Brown cel­e­brated a suc­cess­ful 2017 sea­son.

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