Travis Henderson, 12, of Laddonia was transported by ambulance to the Noble Health Audrain Hospital on Saturday, May 8, after his bike struck a truck.
“It was just a total freak accident, because he was so caught up in playing,” his mother, Amanda Fischer, told the Leader. “My baby was not injured and reminded of a lesson and maybe just maybe it will save another kiddo.”
Based on the initial Highway Patrol investigation, local media outlets reported that the boy was in serious condition, but his mother gave the Leader the good news on Monday, May 11, that her son was treated at the hospital for minor injuries and released.
“He was blessed to walk away with minimal injuries, some scrapes, bruises and soreness with no hospital admittance,” she said.
Fischer stated that her son knows the rules of the road, including to look both ways, but crashes can happen anytime.
“His guardian angel was riding with him that day,” she said. “He and his friends that he was riding bikes with, were reminded of a very valuable lesson of being aware of their surroundings, and bikes must still abide by the rules of the road even in a very small town.”
Travis and his friends were westbound when Travis hit the truck at the intersection of Sixth and Walnut in Laddonia at 3:18 p.m.. According to the Highway Patrol report, the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado was driven by Blake Lehnen, 21, of Wellsville.
“The driver of the truck, he was shooken up, as anyone would have been, but sustained no injuries,” Fischer said. “We want to thank everyone that was involved with his care, as well as all the prayers. God is good!”
She says that Travis apologized to the driver as soon as he got out of the truck—“more worried about the truck than himself. He really is such a great kid with a big heart.”
The patrol recently announced that May is Bike Safety Month for a reason, as more people get out on the road to enjoy the warm weather. The patrol urges motorists and bicyclists to stay alert and be courteous. In the most recent data available, there were eight people killed while riding bikes on Missouri roads in 2020, and 369 injured in 437 crashes.
Fischer said she hopes her son’s experience will help others be more aware of bike safety.
“If we can educate others on bike safety, that is great,” said Fischer. “Travis told me he wanted to share his story to help other kids to hopefully not have it happen to them, and I agreed, as I would not want a parent to have to get that very scary call.”
Travis Henderson, 12, of Laddonia was treated and released from University Hospital in Columbia.