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Child injured after being thrown from dirt bike

September 3, 2014

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This is the mini dirt bike that the suspect was allegedly driving when the 5-year-old boy was thrown onto the ground.

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A 27-year-old Macomb Township man will likely face charges after a 5-year-old boy riding on his dirt bike was reportedly ejected and run over by the vehicle.

According to Lt. John Michalke of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, at around 3 p.m. on Aug. 31, a Sheriff’s deputy was on patrol on Garfield Road just north of Hall Road when he was flagged down by a woman who said that a crash had just occurred and that a child was hurt. The deputy located the boy, who had suffered numerous injuries. Medical personnel were immediately called to the scene.

Upon further investigation, deputies learned that the driver — who is the boyfriend of the child’s mother — had been riding a KTM mini dirt bike with the child seated in front of him when the accident occurred.

“He was riding on the grassy area between the sidewalk and Garfield Road,” Michalke explained. “It appears that he was just taking a pleasure ride. Witnesses said that they saw him jumping off the hills, and that’s when the child was thrown off his bike.”

One eyewitness stated that she was driving by on Garfield when she saw the man do two or three jumps in the grass. On the last jump, the child flew off the bike and his helmet popped off. The witness told deputies that she was driving about 40-45 mph, and the motorcycle appeared to be traveling about the same speed. She also said that she thought she saw the bike run over the child after he was thrown off.

A second witness reportedly confirmed that account, stating that he observed the boy get run over after he fell off the bike.

The boy was transported to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township and subsequently transferred to Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit for further treatment.

At press time, Michalke noted it appeared the boy would be OK.

“The child is expected to fully recover from his injuries, but he is still in the hospital right now,” he stated.

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the incident, but Michalke expected that the driver would soon be charged.

“I’m not sure exactly when he might be arraigned,” Michalke said. “The prosecutor still has to determine the possible charges against him.”

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