Bike helmet advocate recovering from crashPublished 11:19am Friday, August 9, 2013
Mike Heikes, the bicyclist who was injured after he was hit by a car Aug. 2 in Fergus Falls, is starting a long recovery at home due to a broken leg from the incident.
Heikes, 48, of Fergus Falls, wore a helmet that morning as he rode southbound on Friberg Avenue when a northbound vehicle attempting to turn onto Northern Avenue hit him. The 67-year-old driver of the car reportedly didn’t see Heikes, who was law abiding, according to police. The driver was cited.
Heikes was conscious at the scene and taken to Lake Region Healthcare. The helmet was reportedly cracked following the collision.
“The EMT there said the helmet probably saved me,” Heikes said.
Heikes is no stranger to helmet safety, with his local organization Helmets For Kids created to provide kids with bicycle helmets to prevent brain injuries.
“I give helmets to kids who need them,” he said.
Heikes is a brain injury survivor and started the program in 1999.