The Indiana Bicycle Lawyers at Caress Law Group are saddened to report another bicycle vs. motor vehicle collision resulting in serious injuries to two young Hoosiers. As members of the Indiana bicycle community, it is eye-opening and deeply saddening to have to report another one of these accidents, as they have been occurring far too frequently within the last couple of months.
On August 7, 2013 at around 8:20 p.m., McKenna Davis, age 16, and Stephen Davis, age 12, were riding their bicycles southbound along the shoulder of Indiana State Road 39 in Clinton County, Frankfort, Indiana. At the same time, a Jeep Liberty being operated by Heather McDaniel, age 39, of Frankfort, Indiana, collided with the two juvenile bicyclists nearly head-on. The children sustained severe injuries resulting in both minors being flown to Indianapolis for immediate emergency treatment. The scene of the accident was not far from where McKenna and Stephen Davis resided with their parents and they were likely riding their bicycles home at the time.
After the bicycle accident, Heather McDaniel was arrested on suspicion of two counts of operating her vehicle while intoxicated resulting in serious injury and one count of criminal recklessness with a motor vehicle. As is the case with many bicycle vs. motor vehicle collisions, the driver of the vehicle was uninjured while the two cyclists sustained life-threatening injuries. Heather McDaniel was booked into the Clinton County Jail following the immediate police investigation of the accident.
We salute the City of Frankfort for doing its best to prevent these bicycle crashes. Back on April 19, 2013, we posted an article announcing that the Frankfort Police Department was putting on a Bicycle Safety Day for all Frankfort residents. Of course, although impossible to control the actions of all residents, Caress Law Group applauds the Frankfort Police Department for taking preventative measures like this, and, hopefully, bicycle accidents like this one will be prevented down the road as a result of such educational programs.
As of August 8, 2013, McKenna and Stephen Davis remained hospitalized in serious condition at St. Vincent Hospital and Riley Children’s Hospital, respectively, in Indianapolis. From one member of Indiana’s proud bicycle community to the other, Caress Law Group’s personal injury bicycle lawyers wish McKenna Davis and Stephen Davis a speedy and full recovery. We also send our thoughts and prayers to the Davis parents and family, as well as the entire Frankfort community. We continually advocate for children to use their bicycles as a form of exercise and entertainment and no child deserves to be injured by an adult due to carelessness or negligence. Feel free to call us at 317-255-5400 or Contact Us with any questions about this post or anything related to Indiana personal injury or bicycle law.