An 11-year-old girl was killed last Sunday in a motorcycle crash that also took the life of her 44-year-old father. Neither Carl Sheard nor his daughter was wearing helmets when an 18-year-old driver struck his motorcycle, ending both of their lives.
Sheard was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering "massive trauma to the head and lower extremities." His little girl was taken to the hospital, but her name has not been released as of yet.
The accident was described as a head-on crash, and an investigation into the cause is underway.
And every single time I hear about a kid riding on the back of a motorcycle, I can't help but wonder why on earth any parent would put their child in a state of danger like that.
Yes, I realize she did not have a helmet on, so there's a chance the accident would've had a different outcome if she'd been wearing one. But helmet or no helmet -- kids have no business being on motorcycles. Period.
Good grief. I freak out if my 7-year-old so much as attempts to hop on his bicycle without a helmet on. And even then, I get nervous when he rides downhill, and I never let him get out of my line of sight. I'm even hesitant to get him one of those scooters that are so popular with kids these days out of fear that he'll fall off and injure himself. For the life of me, I can't even imagine so much as thinking about letting him sit on a motorcycle, let alone ride one.
I know some parents are passionate about motorcycle riding and all, but is it really worth putting your child's life in jeopardy for the sake of cruising around in the fresh air? The answer is NO. Kids and motorcycles shouldn't even be used in the same sentence. And parents who think otherwise need to take a step back and imagine what happened to this little girl before choosing to allow them to ride one.
Would you ever let your child ride a motorcycle?
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