Midlands police officers have applauded the quick actions taken by members of the public after a teenage cyclist was seriously injured in a road traffic accident.
The 15-year-old from Birmingham was taken to hospital after a collision with a Vauxhall Astra on Tuesday, February 7.
Police who attended the accident, that occurred in the Great Barr area, said a woman who was passing by and a driver showed “truly commendable” courage when they performed CPR and protected the boy from oncoming traffic.
Inspector Neil Griffin said: “What those passers-by did was above and beyond that which you’d expect of any Good Samaritan.
“The courage and humanity they displayed in such traumatic circumstances is truly commendable.
“I’d also like to praise the actions of my officers and the paramedics. I know they have been deeply affected by what they saw at the scene.”
A spokesman from West Midlands Ambulance Service said the boy was in cardiac arrest when they arrived.
They added: “Bystanders, including the police, had already started CPR which ambulance staff took over as well as administering advanced life support.
“Thankfully they were able to restart the boy’s heart before quickly transferring him to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further treatment.”
The police have denied rumours that officers were pursuing the vehicle that had knocked the youngster from his bike.
“It’s a shame that the family’s trauma has been compounded by inaccurate claims that police were pursuing the car which struck the boy. This is categorically untrue,” said Mr Griffin.
“The officer, who was in the area when the lad was hit, did a very good job. She called in firearms officers who she knew have advanced medical skills and carry medical equipment similar to that found in ambulances.
“All of our thoughts are now with the young man and his family.”
The 63-year-old man from Great Barr who was driving the vehicle involved has not been arrested, but is helping police with their inquiries.
Source: The Birmingham Mail