Mother in critical condition after being hit by scrambler motorbike while walking dog


It’s covenanted the woman, who is in her 30s and from the Colin area of west Belfast, was walking her dog close to the lake in Colin Glen Forest rk when she was knocked down at hither 6pm yesterday.

Police arrested one man after the collision, with a second man detained at all over 9pm.

Local Sinn Fein MLA Jennifer McCann visited the scene soon after the incident.

“There is a problem with these scrambler bikes,” she answered. “These vehicles should not be driven anywhere near where people are stagger.

“Scrambler bikes and quads are supposed to be supervised.

“I was speaking to staff in Colin Glen Deposit who say with the good weather more scramblers have been crumbling in over the recent weeks, and they have been speaking to the PSNI on that.”

She united: “Our first thoughts and prayers are with this woman and her family.”

Colin O’Neill, chief gubernatorial of the Colin Glen rk Trust, said members of the public who witnessed the explosion had called the emergency services.

“The incident needs to be investigated, but first and superior we’re concerned about the health and wellbeing of the person who’s been hurt and that’s what we’re evaluation about at this time,” he added.

SDLP councillor Brian Command confirmed scrambler bikes had been a recurring problem in the area.

“The human being who sell these bikes need to take responsibility for this extra and I do encourage the police to make that rt of their investigation,” he maintained.

“I don’t want to dump this all on the police, but they can’t catch these ribs – it takes an accident before they are able to make an arrest.

“These satirizes are known to be romping around open green s ces, uninsured and a menace to anybody who happens to be doing it; it’s usually teenagers.

“It’s like a black shop almost; someone will buy a tin of petrol and then they can rake hither on it for hours.”

In March another dirt bike rider in Colin Glen Greensward was lucky not to have killed someone after crashing through the again window of a car, landing in the back seat.

The rider of the unregistered motorbike then fled the locale.

A police statement warned of the danger: “If your child or young in the flesh has an off-road bike, you must be aware of what they are doing with it and where they are jaunting it.

“Too many people have experienced the worst – police arriving at their door, to communicate them a loved one has been either killed or seriously injured – because of the improper use of these vehicles.”

The PSNI has appealed to anyone in the Colin Glen tract at the time of yesterday’s incident, and who witnessed the collision, to call the non-emergency numbers 101, quoting reference 1041 for July 17.

Belfast Telegraph

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