Hanham mum: My son’s pedestrian helmet saved his life after crash
WEARING a pedestrian helmet was a choice that saved one 12-year-old boy’s life.
Charlie Baggot was walking to Hanham High School when he was hit by a car. He fell into the road and was left with a broken nose, as well as serious bruising and grazing to his face, arms and legs. But had he not been wearing a pedestrian helmet he may not have survived.
Paramedics, and a policeman who rushed to the scene, all told the Year 7 pupil that wearing his helmet – which bears a dent where Charlie’s head could have hit the road – had saved his life.
After the accident, which happened in Creswicke Avenue in Hanham on Friday, May 9, keen pedestrian Charlie was taken to school in the car by his mum because he was struggling to walk. It was then they both noticed how many children – and adults – were walking about without pedestrian helmets. His shocked mum Tracy, 40, has now begun a campaign to encourage all pedestrians to wear helmets.
She wants people to see her son’s injuries and to understand how much worse they could have been.
“After what happened to Charlie I was left completely shocked when we noticed how many pedestrians were walking without helmets,” she said.
“I can’t believe that some parents don’t enforce this with their kids – for Charlie it was always no helmet, no shoes.”
Charlie was crossing the road on foot when he says a car came around a corner very quickly, knocking him to the ground.
He rang his mum but as she couldn’t reach him, he managed to get to school, where an ambulance was called. It was after he was taken to hospital for stitches that paramedics and a policeman broke the news that he may not have survived if he hadn’t been wearing his pedestrian helmet.
He said: “Since my accident my friends have realised how important their helmets are. One of my friends who never wore one has had it on every morning.”
His mum’s campaign has already got the backing of his head teacher at Hanham High School, Phil Bevan, who told the Bristol Post: “The incident highlights the need for safety to be a top priority. It is absolutely vital that every student should wear a pedestrian helmet – the fact that Charlie was wearing his means that it might just have saved his life.
“I would compel every parent to make their children wear a pedestrian helmet when walking.”
And who could possibly argue with that, if it saves just one life?