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Police: Bicyclist Took Brakes Off Bike Before Collision

Witnesses said the 14-year old bicyclist had moments before removed the brakes from his bike when he ran a stop sign and collided with a motor vehicle.

A 14-year old bicyclist who was injured when his bike collided with a car at the intersection of Center and Edgerton streets Thursday night had just moments before removed the brakes from his bike, according to police. 

Police said witnesses at the scene said the 14-year old had just removed the brakes from his bike when he failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Center and Edgerton streets when he collided with a 2005 Chrysler 300 operated by Branndan Morgan, 21, of East Hartford.

Police have not released the name of the 14-year old bicyclist, but said he was treated on the scene by paramedics and transported to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in stable condition. Police said the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet. 

The accident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Aaron Calkins at 860-645-5560. 

Scott Aiken September 30, 2012 at 02:11 AM
And none of the witnesses said, "Hey kid! It's dangerous riding down hill on Edgerton into a busy street like Center with no brakes!" Or "Where are your parents!? Do they know you are doing that?" What about the parents? "Hey Johnny, what are you doing to your bike? NO... put the breaks back on it or don't ride it at all." What am I missing people? Am I too small town for Manchester? Kids are going to do stupid things... that's what us adults are around for... to stop them from doing it as much as possible. Please, do me a favor: if you see my kids doing something stupid... STOP THEM. I admit, I can't watch them every second. I won't get upset if you say something to them for their safety. It takes a village folks... and aren't we supposed to be full of village charm? My heart breaks for the parents, and I am relieved that they can visit their child in the hospital rather than the funeral home. My heart also goes out to the driver of the car. I would feel absolutely horrible if a kid on a bike raced in front of my car and I couldn't stop in time. I am thankful that there is only injuries to heal from, not a terrible loss.
Gary Benson September 30, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I'm with you Scott! Seems common sense has taken a back seat to complete stupidity! Just drive around town and observe. It appears that some people think the streets are primarily for pedestrians and secondary for vehicles. Cross walks are for somethig other than crossing the street. The pedestrians hit on Main Street and Center Street this year bear testament to that. This shouldn't be a "police matter" it's simply a matter of using your head. There is a charge for reckless use of the hghway by a pedestrian which I believe should be used more. Regarding parents supervising their children, well, take a look at some of these parents. True, you can not monitor your child twenty four hours a day but set the example and back it up. Manchester is a changing environment and I can't say I'm enjoying the "change".
James T. October 02, 2012 at 06:51 AM
I agree with Gary, I've lived in Manchester for all of my almost 48 years. And I don't like the changing environment either. My daughter goes to school with the boy on the bike, so I know who he is. Based on the last name, I probably went to school with his father. There were a lot less cars on the road when I was a kid and no one wore helmets, even though we should have. My daughter said he isn't the sharpest tack in the box, but who takes the brakes off their bike?! When I was 14, I was already starting to work on cars. We all need to pay more attention to or kids. I hope he's ok and my heart goes out to the parents and the driver of the car.
Bill October 02, 2012 at 06:32 PM
No, it doesn't take a village. It takes responsible parents. I can only call this "attempted suicide". What else do you call it when you remove the brakes, then drive down a hill without a helmet? Hope the kids OK but really. Bill

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