The mother of a teenage girl who had a lucky escape when she was knocked off her bike by a car today made an impassioned plea about the need for cyclists to wear helmets.
Laurain Keegan, 45, of Tudor Grove, Freckleton, said her daughter Mary, 13, was not wearing a helmet when she was involved in an accident on her way to school.
The Fleetwood High School student was cycling to meet Laurain’s partner, Dermot Quinn, to get some change for the school bus when she was in collision with a Renault Megane on the A583 bypass around 7.15am on Friday morning.
At first police thought she had suffered serious head injuries, but fortunately the teenager escaped with concussion and a few bumps and bruises. She was released from Royal Preston Hospital on Saturday morning.
Miss Keegan said: “She is a lot, lot better and I’m hoping she will be back in school in the next few days.
“She is still a bit tired but is improving each day.
“Mary is going to school in Fleetwood as a stop-gap at the moment – we are hoping she will soon join Carr Hill in Kirkham.
“She was desperate to keep going to Fleetwood as we had paid for a school trip to Paris and she had been travelling up by bus. She understood there would be a lot of early mornings and she was happy to do it. It was just this one morning where she had no change and decided to meet my partner, Dermot, who had gone out to get some for her and she set off to meet him and save time.
“I asked her to be careful on her bike and it was just this one morning where she had gone out to meet him.
“She was very, very lucky, it could have been a lot, lot worse – she has little memory of how or what happened.
“My message would be that everyone should wear helmets when cycling. I can’t stress as a parent how important it is to wear them. It’s helmets all the way for me – it’s a mistake I really regret in not making her wear one.”
After speaking with witnesses, police believe Mary may have stepped out into the road, but are still appealing for people to contact them on the non-emergency number 101 to assist in the investigation.
The driver involved is helping police with inquiries.