Steven lucky to escape unharmed from crash
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.