Belfast Telegraph

Reckless scrambler rider 'lucky not to kill anyone' after crash sends him hurtling through car window

By Steven Alexander

A scrambler driver who went flying through the back window of a car and ended up in the rear seat after a crash is lucky not to have killed anyone, the PSNI have said.

Police seized the bike after the terrifying incident on Tuesday in Colin Glen Forest Park, Dunmurry.

The rider of the unregistered bike was wearing a helmet - but not a motorcycle helmet - and green fishing waders. He ran off after the collision around 3pm.

Writing on their Facebook page, the PSNI urged the rider to come forward as he could have been hurt. "We are appealing for witnesses and for the scrambler rider to come forward, as they may need medical attention," the post read.

"We have seized the motorbike and an investigation is under way. The occupants of the car and the rider are lucky to be alive.

"If your child or young person has an off-road bike, you must be aware of what they are doing with it and where they are riding it. Too many people have experienced the worst - police arriving at their door, to tell them a loved one has been either killed or seriously injured - because of the inappropriate use of these vehicles."

In 2011, Daniel Mooney (12) died after the bike he was travelling on crashed in north Belfast. The Hazelwood College pupil was not wearing a helmet. A man in his 30s was later sentenced to eight years in prison.

Last July, a 15-year-old was left in a critical condition after a crash as he and a friend rode scramblers along the Glen Road.

Police said off-road bikes should never be ridden on private land where consent has not been granted. They also warned they should never be used on public land not designated for such use.

Officers have the power to seize vehicles, and those riding them illegally could face prosecution.

However, the sight of children riding scramblers around parts of Belfast with impunity is increasingly common.

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