Scooter kids’ ‘lucky’ escape

Matthew and John Paul Smith who had a close call when they crashed their scooter in Sleights''w122705b

Matthew and John Paul Smith who had a close call when they crashed their scooter in Sleights''w122705b

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A SLEIGHTS dad has warned of the dangers posed by mini-scooters after his two sons were seriously injured on Saturday afternoon.

Matty Smith (11) and his brother John Paul (9) were playing on their scooter when they decided to watch the cricket match that was taking place at Sleights cricket club.

John Paul, dad Ray, and Matthew Smith after the boy's scooter accident''w122705a

John Paul, dad Ray, and Matthew Smith after the boy's scooter accident''w122705a

The boys were both riding the same scooter but lost control as they headed down Lowdale Lane and crashed into the concrete bridge at the bottom.

Dad Ray Smith, of Birch Avenue, said that he feared the worst when one of the cricketers, Gary Smith, ran up to him and said that his boys had been involved in a serious accident.

“I was worried out of my head,” he said.

“It’s terrible, just the feeling, I’m glad they are alright.

“They’ve come out lucky, it could have been a lot worse.”

The accident happened at 2.15pm and the boys were fortunate as a crew from Whitby fire station were sat in their engine on Lowdale Lane, when the scooter went past “like a bat out of Hell”.

Matty said that they tried to use the scooter’s rear-wheel break but it was completely useless.

The boys hit a concrete post beside the bridge and John Paul suffered a broken wrist and injured his back.

Matty had even worse injuries and hit his head hard, suffered a deep cut to his chest and has serious back and internal injuries.

He was semi-conscious when the fire crew and some of the cricketers rushed to the scene.

While first aid was administered the other fire crew and Gary Smith and James Simpson of the cricket club held a sheet over him, and dad Ray thanked them all for helping his sons.

While Matty said he will not go on a scooter again, the “fearless” John Paul will use it again, just not on such steep hills.

John Paul added: “I might not go down the hill on my bike or my scooter, I will just walk next time.”