Florida Today-August 4, 2011-Andrew Knapp-According to the article a 7-year-old boy was injured after taking off on his mini-motorcycle Wednesday afternoon in Palm Bay, Brevard County, Florida. The boy was struck by a pickup truck as the rode his mini motorcycle on the wrong side of the road through a stop sign on Timbruce Road in Southeast Palm Bay, Florida. According to the article the boy was jolted from his Razor Dirt Rocket MX-350, which is only legal on off-road use. The boy rolled nearly 20 feet on the pavement suffering multiple broken bones and a concussion. Unfortunately, he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and is lucky to be alive. The 7-year-old boy was air lifted to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Brevard County, Florida in serious condition. The article goes onto say the boy is scheduled to be moved to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women in Orlando, Florida. According to the article investigators are still trying to determine whether the mother of the boy will be charged with child neglect and allowing an unauthorized minor to drive.
These small 70-pound motorcycles can hit a top speed of 14 mph and are meant for riders at least 13-years-old. The Dirt Rocket is only 31 inches in height and are not easy to see. Making it more dangerous for the rider and a higher change of injury. These gasoline powered miniature motorcycles became popular about five years ago, which sparked safety concerns nationwide as well as legislation against their use on public roadways. The article goes onto to say in Florida, these machines can only be operated on private property.
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