A SCHOOLBOY who escaped death after being knocked off his bike by a van is urging other youngsters to be safe.
Jack Hunter, 11, has only just had a cast removed after the accident in August which left him in a coma as well as caused a bleed on the brain.
He also broke his left leg in five places and suffered other injuries.
The Hetton School pupil was not wearing a cycle helmet at the time of the crash, which happened in Elemore Lane in Easington Lane.
But he has now teamed up with Northumbria Police Road Policing Unit and Halfords, in Deptford, in the hopes of inspiring other children to wear the correct head gear when on their bikes.
Jack, from Easington Lane, is now back on two wheels after Halfords presented him with a new bike and helmet to help him regain his confidence on the road.
“It feels mint to be back on a bike,” he said. “I was nervous to ride again after what happened. I just hope other people will read this and it will make them wear a helmet.”
His mum Michelle Maddison, 29, who has two other children Tyler, eight, and Kaci-Mae, four, said: “This is just what Jack needed to give him back his confidence and we are over the moon to see him back on a bike.
“He’s doing really well. He is back at school full time which they didn’t think he’d be able to do until after Christmas.
“We just hope this encourages other people to wear a helmet. Jack would have probably still received a head injury if he was wearing one, but it wouldn’t have been as severe as it was.”
Pc Ronnie Brown, from the Northumbria Police Road Policing Unit, said: “Wearing a properly fitted helmet will protect your head if you fall from your bike for whatever reason and it could even save your life.
“From now on Jack will always wear a helmet and he is hoping other youngsters will do the same.”