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Police call on parents to supervise their children after boy killed on bike

Children learning how to ride their bikes safely

By Peter Stevenson

CHILDREN between the ages of 10 and 12 should not be left unsupervised to ride their bicycles as they are not fully aware of possible dangers, according to head of Nicosia’s traffic department.

Harris Evripidou was commenting following an incident on Monday which saw the death of a 12-year-old boy after he was struck by an oncoming car while riding his bicycle home to Ayia Varvara village in the Nicosia district.

“Whoever uses those kinds of roads needs to be extremely careful whether they are an adult or a child because it is not a residential area and the speed limit can change from between 65 km/h and 80 km/h,” he said.

Evripidou said that parents need to be extra cautious during the summer months as children will often go out with their friends without informing them where they might be going.

“Parents need to know their children’s whereabouts at all times as children between ten and twelve are not fully matured and can be easily disoriented by the sounds of oncoming vehicles,” he said.

Evripidou added that there are currently lessons at school which show children how to act as a pedestrian or on a bicycle.

At around 3.30pm on Monday 12-year-old Alexandros Taliadoros was riding with a friend on their bicycles from Mathiatis village to their homes in Ayia Varvara.

At a bend in the road, in circumstances still under investigation the 12-year-old collided with an oncoming car driven by a 27-year-old.

The boy wa srushed to Nicosia general hospital for surgery after sustaining multiple injuries including to the head.

By around 9.30pm, doctors lost the battle to save his life. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, police said.

His friend who was riding next to him was not harmed. An breathalyser test was carried out on the 27-year-old driver which showed he had zero alcohol intake.

Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said investigations were ongoing.

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