Mom pleads for caution after son struck while bike riding

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MANCHESTER, MO (KTVI)-A nine year old boy remains hospitalized after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle in Manchester.  His injuries are not life threatening, but his mother says there is no question they are life altering.

It was about 4:00 in the afternoon Friday when Stefanie Evans says her son Meryck was riding his bike near their apartment at the end of Overlook Circle Drive. That’s not far from Daugherty Ferry and Big Bend.  It was there he collided with a car.

Police are not pressing any charges, apparently believing the incident was nothing more than a terrible accident.  But Meryck had to be rushed to Mercy Hospital where doctors performed surgery.  Flexible rods had to be placed in his broken arm, and a plate installed on his broken upper leg.

While Stefanie Evans is questioning why no charges were pressed, she sees the biggest issue as the need for drivers to be more careful with so many kids out of school for the holidays.

“It’s the holidays.  It’s the breaks.  And we need to realize there are children out there, especially on these warmer days.  Kids are gonna be out. Be aware.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Don’t be on your cell phones. Don’t look down at your texts.  Don’t look at radios.  Watch out for the kids.”

She has a plea for young bike riders as well.

“Kids, wear the helmets.  Because he cracked his helmet with the impact of hitting the car or her hitting him with the car.”

Police made no mention of any kind of distraction on the part of the driver.

Meryck Evans remains in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Mercy Hospital.