Police are reminding parents that bike helmets are required for anyone under the age of 18 riding a bike in Hoquiam.

Police Chief Jeff Myers said in a press release yesterday that Fire and Police units were called to a bicyclist down on the sidewalk on Adams Street Tuesday afternoon. A 10-year old girl had suffered obvious head trauma and was transported to Community Hospital.

She was apparently riding down the hill on Chenault and tried to turn onto Adams Street, but apparently was going too fast. The bike hit the curb and vaulted the child into the nearby fence.

She was not wearing a bike helmet.

Myers said that the babysitter said she told the children to wear a helmet, but his officers are seeing all too often that children are leaving them at home.

The girl is expected to recover and did not appear to suffer a brain injury. but he noted that this is the second recent bike collision where neither child was wearing a bike helmet.

He said the Crime Watch volunteers offer free, fitted bike helmets for children of families that cannot afford one. But more often than not they have a helmet, just choose not to use it.

Officers will be contacting children without helmets and sending them home with a flyer for their parents about the law and bike helmets.