A Barnoldswick dad has urged parents to make sure their children are wearing helmets when riding bikes and scooters after headgear saved his son’s life.
Mario De Santis (38), of Priory Way, made the call after his nine-year-old boy Andrea was airlifted to hospital with a badly broken leg after being hit by a car when riding his push scooter.
Andrea also smacked his head on the car bonnet in the accident which occurred in Colin Street in Barnoldswick at approximately 6-45pm on Thursday.
Mario says medical staff at Blackburn Hospital said the helmet he was wearing saved Andrea’s life and stopped him from suffering possible brain damage.
Restauranteur Mario said: “The specialist confirmed 100% it saved his life.
“Andrea was back home on Sunday night. He is OK but is still very nervous and in shock. He doesn’t remember anything about the accident.
“He broke his tibia and fibula and had a three-hour operation on Friday morning.
“I urge all parents to make sure their kids wear helmets as they can save lives.
“I only bought the helmet three days before the accident and he wasn’t allowed to ride the scooter until he got it.
“The last thing you want as a parent is to see your little boy lying in the middle of the road not knowing if you will get the chance to talk to him again.”
The incident occurred when Andrea, who attends St Joseph’s RC Primary School, was returning from Victory Park with brother Ezio (11) and another friend and rode out into the road from between two cars.
Mario had to abandon his Gisburn Road restaurant during the middle of a busy night to rush to the side of his stricken son with wife Francesca (36).
Mario said: “Ezio ran into the restaurant crying and said Andrea had been in a crash and didn’t know whether he was alive or dead.
“He was scared. There was a lot of panic. When I got there I could see Andrea’s face and head had started to bruise.
“Normally I would go and pick them up but on this day I don’t know why I didn’t.
“The assistance we have had has been brilliant. The helicopter was there after half an hour and the doctors were there as soon as the helicopter landed at Blackburn.
“I also want to say that we are not angry or blaming the lady in the car at all.
“She had no time to react and it was an accident. I know she was in shock and feeling guilty but it was not her fault.”