Too scared to bike again
A 13-year-old girl who was hit by a car while she was biking to school last month said she no longer has the confidence to ride a bike, and even if she did, she has no bike to ride.
Faith Alexandre-Crone, who was 12 when a car travelling at low speed hit her as she was going through the Maxwell Rd-Seymour St roundabout about 8.30am on May 18, now gets a lift to school every morning from her mum. Her bike is too badly damaged to ride.
She suffered minor injuries, including to her back and whiplash in her neck, in the accident, but it was her bike that was hit the hardest, Faith said.
The bike was a Christmas present that she rode to school every morning, but now she is "too scared" to get back on it. "I might bike out in the back yard soon, but I don't want to go on the road."
Paulette Fell, Faith's mother, said she got a huge shock when her four-year-old daughter, Andrea, came up the hallway telling her that Faith was crying and there was a man with her.
"I thought I was going to break down when I saw her with the ambo guys," Mrs Fell said.
Although her main concern was that her daughter was OK, she is angry that the woman driving the car had to pay only a $150 fine and got two demerit points for failing to give way.
There was no reparation for the damaged bike.
The family cannot afford to replace the bike, which is no longer rideable after its frame was buckled and the left pedal was pushed in, Mrs Fell said.
Faith said she wanted to let the woman whose car hit her know that she is OK.
"She was crying, and said she was really sorry, and she helped me get up."
Faith has had a few offers from family members to help her get back on the bike, and thinks she will cycle again one day.
"But just not right now," she said.
- The Marlborough Express