Teen injured in scooter crash
A Waiheke mother has been stunned by community support after her teenage son was seriously injured in a scooter crash.
The boy was riding to Waiheke High School at about 8.30am on November 7 when he crashed his motor scooter into a stationary car on Donald Bruce Road. The boy had a serious leg injury and was flown to hospital in the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter, said Waiheke St John Ambulance station manager Lloyd Barnett.
His mother, who did not want to be named, said her son had undergone surgery and would be on crutches for at least three months.
‘‘But we’re happy that he will come right,’’ she said.
Someone at the scene phoned her, so her husband could go to their son’s side.
‘‘What we have experienced in the last 24 hours is an amazing support from Waiheke, from normal people who rushed to the scene, held his hand, diverted traffic, and the amazing service from St John Ambulance, the Westpac helicopter, Waiheke police and Auckland City Hospital. Something happened that was tragic, but the people of Waiheke all got together and did something nice. I got so many phone calls and offers of help.’’
A rescue helicopter spokesperson said the boy was driving the scooter at about 50 km/h when he struck the rear of a car and flew over the handlebars. The scooter accident was one of two on Waiheke that day, Barnett said.
High school deputy principal Tony Sears said the injured boy attended a scooter check and safety training day run by Auck- land Transport at the school on October 26. About 20 students ride scooters to the school. Their low cost and environmental advantages needs to be balanced against the risks, Sears said.
‘‘When you have an accident like what happened yesterday, you realise the potential for injury when you come off a scooter is considerably higher than if you’re in a car,’’ he said.
Riders of 50cc scooters don’t need a warrant of fitness or a full drivers licence. Sears said the lack of safety checks means some scooters lack adequate brakes and some riders lack knowledge. Many Waiheke roads have gravel and potholes that make riding scooters more dangerous. ‘‘There are many parts of Waiheke where a 50cc scooter is an accident waiting to happen,’’ he said.