Two children seriously injured after being hit during an urban rodeo in Pontoise

Two children aged 10 and 11 were seriously injured and their life prognosis is engaged after being knocked down Friday evening by a motorcycle during an urban rodeo in Pontoise (Val-d’Oise), we learned this Saturday from police sources.

The facts took place on Friday around 9:15 p.m. while the two children, “a 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy were playing “cat”” on the esplanade in the Hauts Marcouville district in Pontoise, indicates the Departmental Directorate of public security (DDSP) of Val-d’Oise. An 18-year-old man showed up at the police station early Saturday afternoon and was taken into custody, according to police sources.

More than 500 interventions identified for urban rodeos in the Val-d’Oise

The girl has “a head trauma with neurological sequelae”, indicates a police source. She was taken to Necker Hospital in Paris. The boy has a tibia-fibula fracture. He was first transported to Pontoise hospital but his condition deteriorated and was airlifted to Amiens hospital. “His condition has stabilized”, continues this source.

In the department of Val-d’Oise since the beginning of April, 534 interventions have been recorded for urban rodeos. Thirty-seven people were arrested and 34 motorcycles were seized, according to figures from the DDSP. On June 8, a 19-year-old young man died after being hit by a motorcycle during an urban rodeo in Rennes. A 2018 law strengthening the law against motorized rodeos provides penalties of up to 5 years in prison for their perpetrators.

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