FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA) - The life of an 8-year-old boy on a bicycle may have been saved by his bike helmet, according to Fairfax County Police.
On Tuesday at about 6 p.m., police responded to a report of a crash on Mount Vernon Highway near Surrey Drive. A child riding his bike had veered into the path of an SUV. The driver was not able to avoid the boy, who was hit and injured. He was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The medics who responded to the accident as well as the officers on the scene credited the child's bike helmet as a key factor in helping to save his life. In Fairfax County, bicycle helmets are required by law.
The boy is recovering from a number of injuries; the photo of his mangled helmet was provided by those who responded to the scene of the accident.