Crit­i­cal af­ter no hel­met bike fall


A teenage boy is in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in Auck­land City Hos­pi­tal, days af­ter he ap­par­ently fell off his bi­cy­cle and onto a road.

The boy had not been wear­ing a hel­met and was found un­con­scious, with his bike, on Hibis­cus Coast High­way at Hat­fields Beach on Easter Sun­day.

Auck­land West­pac Res­cue He­li­copter in­ten­sive care para­medic Chris Dea­con ar­rived at the scene on-board a chop­per about 1.20pm. By that stage the boy was in the back of a road am­bu­lance, still un­con­scious.

‘‘From the story we heard he’d been com­ing down the hill on his bike, and he was found just in the mid­dle of the road un­con­scious,’’ Dea­con said.

‘‘No one saw the ac­ci­dent. No one knows what hap­pened. The fact no­body saw it and he was just found in the mid­dle of the road is most un­usual. His mother turned up at the scene and that was up­set­ting for her, to see her son unwell.’’

Dea­con said it wasn’t of­ten he at­tended a pa­tient who had suf­fered a head in­jury while cy­cling with­out a hel­met.

‘‘It does hap­pen, but it’s not an epi­demic or any­thing like that. Of­ten it’s just when peo­ple hop on their bi­cy­cle just fleet­ingly, when they’re not even go­ing a great dis­tance.

‘‘It’s just an un­for­tu­nate ac­ci­dent. A hel­met cer­tainly would have been a ben­e­fit.’’


The boy was air­lifted to hos­pi­tal in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion on Easter Sun­day.

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