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Kid's Safety Day in honor of child killed on bike

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email


"You never expect it to happen to your child. You never expect it to happen to any child. But, things do happen," says Michelle Elder, Charlie's Mom.

It was more than a year ago that those words became a painful reality for Michelle Elder. Her 6-year-old son, Charlie Semones was killed after a car crashed into the bike he was riding.

"Charlie was very quick and very fast. You had to keep your eye on him constantly," adds Elder.

Elder says Charlie's Dad stepped inside his Frankfort home to use the restroom and that's when it happened.

"Charlie's death in 2012 was significant for our community. It was significant for hospital personnel who were here on the day that Charlie had his accident. It was significant for our EMS responders and more importantly, it was significant for this community," says Charlotte O'neal, Trauma Program Manager at the Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Frankfort Regional Medical Center staff wanted to do something in Charlie's honor that could benefit the entire community. Just a few months after Charlie's death, they hosted a Kid's Safety Day known as Charlie's Challenge. While hesitant at first, Charlie's Mom wanted to help out.

"It helped me a lot. It felt like I was doing something positive in remembrance of him," says Elder.

The Frankfort Regional Medical Center will host the event again on Saturday, June 1st from 9 AM to 1 pm in the hospital parking lot. Organizers say they will cover all sorts of safety topics for children and their parents.

"There will be two bike safety courses on Saturday. One is sponsored by Kentucky State Police. We have nicknamed it Charlie's Challenge. It teaches them the rules of the road, how to stop at stop signs, what traffic lines mean, braking, hand signals, and then we set up a bigger bike safety course for older kids to ride on," adds O'neal.

Organizers suggest bringing bikes and helmets to the event.

The Frankfort Regional Medical Center and Kentucky State Police are sponsoring the event. Hospital staff say that several local businesses have made donations to host this event. The event is free to the public. There is no need to pre-register. Staff say just show up.

Free bicycle helmets will be provided to the first 300 children in attendance. There will also be drawings for free bikes.

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Frankfort Regional Medical Center along with generous donations from area businesses, the event is absolutely free

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