Sheriff: Boy's helmet likely saved him from serious injury after hitting vehicle

Photo of the boy's helmet. Courtesy: Oceana County Sheriff's Office

OCEANA COUNTY, Mi (WPBN/WGTU) - A boy's bike helmet saved him from serious injuries after a crash, if not death, deputies say.

The incident happened Tuesday morning on Business 31 near North Lakeshore Drive in Pentwater Township.

According to the Oceana County Sheriff's Office, the 12-year-old boy rode out into the road in front of a vehicle. The 22-year-old driver tried to avoid the collision by turning left, but it was too late. A witness says the boy went flying off his bike.

Deputies were told by the boy that he stopped at the stop sign at an intersection and said he did not see the vehicle. The boy entered the road and that's when the collision happened.

The witness said the boy hit the ground head first, which is what caused the damage to his helmet. His bike was damaged beyond repair.

Deputies say the boy was wearing a basic shell type of cycle helmet but the helmet very likely saved him from serious injury, if not death.

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