Zander Orteja Thomas was a lively 4-year-old with lots of energy and a bright future. In his last moments, he was asking his mother when they could go back to Chuck E. Cheese for another round of pizza and games. Then the unthinkable happened. A motorcycle slammed into the family’s SUV, leaving the child critically injured.
As Supkow reflected on her last moments with Zander, she wishes she had turned around and headed back to Chuck E. Cheese. “I wish I would’ve just stopped and went back,” she said. Instead, the busy mom continued on with her errands and moments later felt the impact when the motorcycle collided with her van. “I felt the truck spin. The tire popped. The car flipped,” she remembered.
At that point, Supkow passed out. When she woke up, her world was forever changed. “I got up and I saw him there. I just wanted to hold him but no one would let me hold him,” she remembered.
According to police reports, the motorcycle driver was thrown from his bike on impact and he landed inside the family’s vehicle. His helmet crushed the child’s head. Emergency workers transported Zander to a local hospital where he was put on life support.
Supkow said seeing her son in the ICU was excruciating. “No activity. I tried talking to him, singing to him, and putting music on. I just sat there and held his hand,” she said. Zander died Tuesday night, just a few days before Halloween, a day he was looking forward to eagerly. “He was going to be the red ranger,” his mother said. Now the grieving mother is facing life without her son. “He was my life. He brought me strength,” she said of the child.
Motorcycle accidents claim hundreds of lives each year. Because the bikes are not as stable and far less visible than other vehicles, they are more likely to be involved in accidents. In fact, the federal government estimates that for every mile traveled in 2013, the number of motorcycle fatalities was 26 times higher than the number of deaths related to cars. When a motorcycle crashes, the driver is at an increased risk of injury or death because they have no protection from an enclosed vehicle.
Ironically, helmets are designed to keep people safe. Serious head injuries are the most common reasons that motorcycle accidents tend to be fatal. Studies show that helmets are 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle death and 67 percent effective in preventing accidental brain injuries. Ironically, the helmet designed to keep the driver safe was ultimately what cost little Zander his life.
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