The mother of three-year-old Holly Lewis, who was seriously injured when she was struck by a Scrambler bike near her home in Dublin on Friday, said the little girl was “starting to find herself again”.
Olly suffered a broken shoulder and extensive bruising in the hit-and-run accident at a park in Tallaght.
Her mother Sarah said the toddler was lucky to have escaped without major injuries.
“The bike… went all over her body,” Sarah explained.
“She has bruises on her legs, her back, her stomach. Her head also had a rather ugly bump.
“The paramedic told me she was lucky to be alive … two teenagers were on a bike so it could have crushed them badly.”
Speaking of RTÉ Tomorrow IrelandMs Lewis said she has always been afraid of scrambler bikes and the way they are used, particularly by young people.
Just minutes before her daughter was hit, Ms Lewis’ own mother had remarked that the Scrambler bikes they could see near her “would hit someone”.
“I never liked her,” Ms. Lewis said. “Even the noise from them and the way they drive around on top of them so fast.
“I’ve always said, one day something will happen, someone will be blown away.
“Me and my mom just saw them and my mom said ‘they’re going to hit someone’.
“Unfortunately, about five minutes later, that was my daughter.”
And when her daughter recovered, Ms Lewis said of the youths on the Scrambler bike who hit her: “I don’t think they had any idea what they were doing, (they) completely lost control of the bike.
“I think the fact that they drove away afterwards – they didn’t even stop to see if she was ok – I think that makes it worse.”
Discussing her daughter’s condition three days after the incident, Ms Lewis said: “She’s still a bit upset but I think she’s just lucky that she only got away with a broken shoulder.
“It could have been a lot worse.”
Ms Lewis has reported the incident to Gardaí and is calling for tougher laws on scramblers, particularly in public places.
In a statement, Gardaí said they took part in a “collision between a scrambler and a pedestrian” that took place at Sean Walsh Park in Tallaght just after 2.30pm on Friday.
“The pedestrian (a youth) was taken to Tallaght University Hospital to receive treatment for his injuries. The investigations are still ongoing.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/shes-starting-to-get-back-to-herself-says-mother-of-toddler-injured-in-scrambler-hit-and-run-41563541.html “She’s starting to regain her senses,” says the mother of a toddler injured in a scrambler hit-and-run