St Mary Cray residents buy new bike for eight-year-old who was rushed to hospital after crash (From News Shopper)
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St Mary Cray residents buy new bike for eight-year-old who was rushed to hospital after crash
AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD boy who was knocked off his bicycle in St Mary Cray has been given a brand new bike by his neighbours.
Max McSweeney was involved in the accident on September 29 when he cycled out from between parked cars and was hit by a Nissan Micra in Robin Hood Green.
Emergency services were called at 6pm and he was rushed to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel by air ambulance suffering from head injuries.
Fortunately he was not seriously hurt and was released a few days later on October 1.
His neighbour, Jamie Pier, witnessed the accident and organised a collection which raised around £240 before surprising the youngster with the new bike.
Mr Pier, 20, said: "I was in my car with my brother when I saw it happen.
"He slid down the bonnet and his bike was sent seven or eight metres into the air.
"My brother rushed over and I called out to his parents who are still shocked by the whole thing.
"Apparently Max was lying there still with his eyes open after the crash, we were really worried about him."
As soon as Mr Pier heard Max had got the all-clear he visited all the neighbours in the tight-knit area of Robin Hood Green and together they raised money for the bike.
Around 70 well-wishers gathered round to present it to Max just after he was released from hospital.
Mr Pier, who is a playworker at Perry Hall School in Perry Hall Road, said: "He was delighted.
"He smiled and then after a few minutes, he burst into tears and gave me a hug.
"He’s well-known round here and is a cheeky chap, always on his bike."
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