By Megan Boatwright, Channel 3 Eyewitness News Reporter
Paramedics say a helmet would have made all the difference in an accident that happened Thursday. A 6-year-old boy riding a bike collided with a vehicle at Brockery and Cooper St. in Bradley County. The child is in serious, but stable condition at T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital.
"I just happened to be right in front of my window," said Nikki Leadwell. "That's when I looked out and saw the little boy and the bike on the ground."
When it comes to car vs. bike the ending will always be the same, The car will win.
"We tried to get him to stay still," said Leadwell who lives directly across the street from where the accident happened. "He was trying to get up and kept saying, 'I want my daddy,'."
Leadwell and several other neighbors called 911 and waited with the child until police and paramedics arrived.
"Both of my daughter's saw it and were a little traumatized," she said.
This accident is different from other car/bike collisions. This time it was the bike that ran into the car.
"I guess out of the corner of her eye," Leadwell says. "She didn't see him and he hit her car on the side."
The Bradley County Sheriff's Office says this accident was not the driver's fault. The teenage girl was not speeding and won't face any charges.
Nikki says she heard the boy's brakes didn't work. Regardless, paramedics say this accident is a testimony to the importance of wearing a helmet.
"I tell kids every time I speak to them you've got to wear you helmets," said Bradley County Paramedic, Stan Clark.
Leawell already makes sure her kids are protected, but yesterday's accident still put things in a new perspective.
"I told my kids now you know why I get so upset when you get to close to the road," the mom says.