Holly (3) ‘lucky to be alive’ after scrambler incident in Sean Walsh Park
A YOUNG three-year-old girl is ‘lucky to be alive’ after a scrambler bike knocked her to the ground as she was walking through a Tallaght park with her family on Good Friday afternoon.
Three-year-old Holly Lewis was with her mother Sarah, grandmother and her two-month-old brother at approximately 2.30pm yesterday afternoon when the shocking incident happened in a busy Sean Walsh Park.
Gardai and emergency services attended the scene and rushed Holly to Tallaght University Hospital where she suffered a broken shoulder and some bad bruising.
The family were walking from The Square when the incident occurred at the entrance to the park close to Old Bawn Community School.
Holly’s shocked mother Sarah Lewis told The Echo: “She is lucky to be walking. The bike pushed her to the ground and went over her head. I was in shock, screaming when it happened. It’s every mother’s worst nightmare.
“She could have been killed. Somebody was looking down on us.
“She didn’t move at first. All I could see was blood. A person walking by stopped and helped me until the ambulance, fire brigade and gardai arrived.
“It was the scariest moment of my life.”
Sarah has issued a warning to scrambler users on the dangers they are in public places.
“These bikes are dangerous. They should go to tracks not public parks. People walk in public parks and bikes should not be used at speed as they are really dangerous.”
Brave Holly, who turns 4 next Thursday, was discharged from hospital late last night to the relief of her family.
Gardai, in a statement, confirmed to The Echo today that they are investigating the incident: “Gardai attended a rtc involving a scrambler and a pedestrian that occurred in Sean Walsh Park, Tallaght, shortly after 2.30pm yesterday, Friday, 15 April 2022.
“The pedestrian (a juvenile) was taken to Tallaght University Hospital to be treated for their injuries.
“Investigations are ongoing.”