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6-Year-Old Boy Dies After Freak Bike Accident Caused By Handlebars

Keith Curran, Facebook / KHQ

The loss or injury of a child in a freak accident will always leave parents wondering what they could have done differently to prevent it.

That being said, it's impossible to foresee that a common activity, like biking or mowing the lawn, could go very wrong.

For example, last month, a 10-year-old girl was in a freak lawnmower accident, needing 200 stitches down the middle of her face, after her father ran over a tool while mowing tall grass.

The tool got caught in the blade, flying straight in her face, leaving a cut deep enough to expose her skull.

Thankfully, the young girl survived, but not every child involved in a freak accident does.

A Washington family is mourning the loss of their six-year-old boy after he crashed his bike.

"We've lost our heart," Keith Curran, the child's father, told KHQ. "Denny was our heart and spirit for sure."

Two weeks ago, Keith's family were in the process of moving to a new home in their town of Pullman when Denny and his brother Michael stayed behind at the old house to ride their bikes with friends.

"We had set up Denny's room that day so he could sleep in it that night," Keith recalled.

"They knew we were moving and wanted to spend time with their friends. (They) were left in the hands of a caring, trusting person."

While Keith and his wife were unpacking boxes at their new home, they received a devastating call.

"My wife collapsed and handed me the phone," Keith said.

"For some reason, his handlebars turned 90 degrees impacting the asphalt. It impaled him in his abdomen."

The father-of-two said the accident happened on a "very small incline."

"I looked at the bicycle afterward. It was pushed forward, I don't know if that was from his body hitting it or operational use."

According to KHQ's report, the padding on one of Danny's handlebars had slid forward, which left the sharp metal exposed:

"When the bike's handlebar's turned, the one side impaled him. Had the padding been there, he likely still would have been hurt, but not killed."

Keith Curran via Facebook

The young boy was airlifted to a hospital, but there was nothing doctors could do to save the boy's life. The impact of the handlebar caused immense damage.

"The priest got there around 6 AM and baptized Denny, within 10 minutes his little heart stopped beating," Keith said. "I truly believe Jesus himself came for Denny."

As you can imagine, the family is not only suffering from immense grief, but also shock.

"Michael broke down," he said. "He misses his brother. He started bawling. They used to play all the time, they were best friends, they weren't just brothers."

"I feel some measure of guilt because maybe I should have caught this," Keith added.

Keith hopes by telling his story no child will ever suffer the same fate.

"Maybe there's a device we can build for people with existing damaged grips, something that would mitigate the damage should an accident of this nature happen again," he said.

"I'm going to be a force of nature to try to prevent another child being hurt."

Share Keith's story to raise awareness! If your child's bike doesn't have padding on the handlebars, get it fixed immediately.  

[H/T: KHQ]

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.