Boy injured in bicycle accident |

Boy injured in bicycle accident

Lauren Halsted

Although he was wearing a helmet, a 6-year-old boy suffered serious head injuries when he fell off his bike Sunday at 2 p.m.

The boy, whose name was unavailable, was riding his bike in Montgomery Estates near Wagon Trail when he fell and smacked his head on the ground, according to the Lake Valley Fire Protection district.

One ambulance, a fire engine and two paramedics arrived at the scene and began treating the patient for a possible closed-head injury. They soon established a helicopter landing zone at Sierra House Elementary School and air-flighted him to Washoe Medical Center in Reno.

“Getting him to the highest level of care possible as quickly as possible was our top priority,” Colin Hargorve, a paramedic on the scene, said. He is being treated at the Level 1 trauma center, complete with neurosurgeons and trauma surgeons. Barton Memorial Hospital does not have these resources.

No specific diagnosis has been made, and medical personnel did not estimate how long he will remain in care.

“The helmet itself was damaged,” Hargrove said. “Helmets will only protect someone to a certain degree.”

Young children are especially susceptible to head injuries of this kind, he said.

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