Mom calls for a total ban on scramblers after her toddler was hit while walking in a local park


A mother who watched in horror as her toddler was hit by a bunch of teenagers on a scrambler in a busy park demands a real run on the off-road bikes.

Sarah Lewis said her three-year-old daughter Holly is lucky to be alive after the horrific ordeal at Sean Walsh Memorial Park in Tallaght on Good Friday.

Ms Lewis, who appeared on RTE One’s Claire Byrne Live program last night, said she, her mum and their two-month-old baby and daughter Holly were walking through the park when they noticed a couple of young lads walking in the park and off we went scramblers.

“My mum made a comment that they were going to hit someone and unfortunately ten minutes later they came up next to us and they went right into Holly and sent her flying face first into the ground,” she told host Claire Byrne.

“The bike went over her back, her shoulder and her head,” she said.

“She lay there for a few moments. I froze in shock. I couldn’t move,” she said.

One of the youths fell off the scrambler but jumped back up and the couple sped away, she said.

“They didn’t even look back,” she said.

Holly, meanwhile, was taken to nearby Tallaght General Hospital where she was being treated for a broken shoulder and numerous cuts and bruises to her face and body, Ms Lewis said.

“It was a terrible shock,” she said.

“I was very lucky that Holly survived, it could have been a lot worse,” she said.

But she said it was only a matter of time before another child or person was killed and said scramblers should be banned from use in public areas.

“They should be completely scrapped,” she said.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fail TD John Lahart, who also appeared on the show, said legislation is currently moving through the Dail and that legislation relating to scramblers is expected to come into force this summer. Mom calls for a total ban on scramblers after her toddler was hit while walking in a local park

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