Lakewood cops credit helmet for saving teen bicyclist from serious injury in Route 9 crash
A teen who was knocked off his bicycle by a car while crossing Route 9 in Lakewood Tuesday morning remains hospitalized, and township police are asking anyone who saw the incident to reach them.
The 15-year-old, a township resident, was hit while crossing the highway at Courtney Road around 10 a.m., on his way to a private school following a mid-morning break, police said. Police said he was in the crosswalk, and the intersection features a traffic signal.
The bicycle was broken into pieces, and the teen was rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. He was diagnosed with a possible concussion and was held for deeper observation, police said.
“It was bad, but it looked much worse, because he wore a helmet," Sgt. William Butterworth said. "This incident is a prime example of the value of helmets for bicyclers.”
The driver, also from Lakewood, volunteered a blood sample, police said. Questions remain concerning right-of-way under the signal, the driver’s speed, traffic density, and visibility factors.
Anyone with details that can help investigators can speak with Officer David Silberstein, 732-363-0200, ext. 5381