Dad helping son with bike helmet.

A 10-year-old was riding home from a friend’s house in Spanaway Thursday night when he was struck and killed by a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup was a 64-year-old man who, it seems, did all he could to avoid hitting the boy, but there simply wasn’t enough time. The driver was not speeding and was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Detective Ed Troyer is calling the incident a tragic accident.

As the weather gets warmer and daylight lasts longer, kids will be spending more and more time outside. Bicycle riding is an especially popular outdoor activity, so make sure your children are ready to ride safely. More children ages 5 to 14 go to the ER for injuries associated with bicycles more than with any other sport. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t let your kids ride their bikes, it just means you should prepare them to do so responsibly.

Unfortunately, this young rider was not wearing a helmet. Rule #1: Never let your child ride without one. In addition, here is an essential list of bike safety directions for kids:

• Ride in the same direction as traffic.
• Obey all traffic laws.
• Stop and look both ways before entering traffic.
• Walk the bike across busy intersections.
• Watch for cars entering the road from driveways or parking spots.
• Use hand signals and look in all directions before turning.
• Ride predictably – avoid swerving suddenly.
• Ride signle file on the right.
• Never ride at night or at dusk. If you are out late, you should call for a ride.
• Wear bright colored clothing.
• Never wear headphones or eat while riding.
• If you need to carry something while on the bike, you should put it in a backpack to keep your hands free.
• Always keep at least one hand on the handlebars.
• Never carry anyone on your bike.
• You should make your own decisions about safety – don’t do something just because your friends did it.

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