UPDATE: Girl, 9, Dies Following Bike Accident
Update posted Wednesday, May 28 at 7:10 a.m.:
The name of a girl who died following a bicycle wreck at Brookville Lake on Saturday has been released.
Authorities say nine-year-old Carly Rice of Clinton, Indiana was riding down a paved incline at Mounds State Recreation Area. Her bike veered off the road and into a ditch, causing her neck and throat to impact the handlebars.
Indiana Conservation Officers say Rice was not wearing a helmet or other protective gear, but how effective any of the traditional safety gear would have been in preventing her fatal injury remains in question.
Original story published Sunday, May 25 at 4:35 p.m.:
(Brookville, Ind.) – A nine-year-old girl died after wrecking her bicycle at Mounds Recreational Area near Brookville Lake Saturday morning.
According to Indiana Conservation Officers, eye witness statements say the girl was traveling down a paved incline at a high rate of speed on her bicycle when trying to slow down by using her feet, instead of her brakes. She left the roadway, hit a small ditch causing her to impact the handle bars with her throat and neck area.
Witnesses and other campers came to her aid before emergency medical services could arrive.
The young female was transported by Air Care to Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati. She passed away at the hospital.
Conservation officers say the victim was not wearing any type of protective equipment at the time of the incident.
The accident is still under investigation. An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday.
Agencies assisting at the scene were Brookville City Police, Franklin County Sheriff Department, EMS 2, Blooming Grove Volunteer Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division.
Indiana Conservation Officers encourage the use of protective gear while operating bicycles or other off road type vehicles to reduce the risk of injury.