Authorities say bike helmet likely saved boy’s life

Photo: Oceana Co. Sheriff's Office

PENTWATER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A basic bicycle helmet likely saved the life of a 12-year-old boy hit by a car in Oceana County.

The crash happened just before 10 a.m. Tuesday at North Lakeshore Drive and north Business US-31 in Pentwater Township, near Bass Lake.

An Zachary Hall said he stopped at the stop sign and did not see any oncoming vehicles when he began crossing the highway.

The driver of an oncoming vehicle, a 22-year-old from Manistee, said he tried to avoid the Ohio boy’s bicycle by veering left, but it was too late.

A witness said Hall was thrown from his bicycle, landing head first on the ground. The impact of the crash cracked his helmet in several places and destroyed his bicycle, however the boy suffered non-life threatening injuries.

“The young man that was riding his bike was wearing a basic shell type of cycle helmet but this helmet very likely saved serious injury if not death,” authorities stated in their crash report Wednesday.

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