Pothole sends girl on bike to hospital

Posted: 12:16 PM, Jun 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-23 16:16:43Z

You hear all the time, about cars being damaged by potholes. But cars aren't the only thing these craters are wreaking havoc on.

FOX 47's Alani Letang has the story of how a pothole sent a girl on a bike to the hospital.

Cheryl Lockwood's daughter was thrilled when she got a new bike.  A third-wheel bike to help the child who has down syndrome ride independently.

But when her daughter took it to the road, things went terribly wrong.

"I hit my face, and my arm and my lip ad my teeth," said Sarah Lockwood, who fell off her bike.

"The neighbor brought her home and she was all bloody, it was scary and I cried and everybody freaked out of course," said Cheryl Lockwood, mother.

An unpleasant scene just a couple hours after Cheryl gave her daughter a bike fit for her needs.

"And I thought the three wheeler would be good for her good exercise because she is unbalanced, downs kids have a lot of things going on," said the mother.

That three-wheel bike was supposed to keep Sarah balanced while she rides, but the moment she hit this pothole, keeping her balance was impossible.

"And that happened and it just breaks your heart, as a mother," said Cheryl.

When Sarah hit that pothole, she went flying off the bike and landed on her face and arms. She was brought home by a neighbor.

Her mom rushed to clean her up and take her to the hospital.

The incident is something that shouldn't have to happen, Cheryl said, if the county kept up with the roads in the first place.

"Now she knows to go around them, but she shouldn't have to. They should be filled properly, not thrown in and walk away or drive your truck across it to make it look good," said Cheryl.

This accident isn't stopping Sarah from riding like the warrior she is "Not afraid anymore," Sarah told FOX 47's Alani Letang.

Cheryl told us that the road's in her neighborhood have been like that for several months.

She's even put nearly $2,000 into fixing the front end of her car from pothole damage.
Cheryl said the outrage grew on social media after she posted about her child's injuries, she says that's when someone came out and fixed the road.

If you see a pothole that needs to be fixed, let city or county officials know about it.