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Donations sought for boy hurt in bicycle crash

August 26, 2007|By HEATHER KEELS

A bank account has been set up to accept donations for a 12-year-old Hagerstown boy who was injured Aug. 16 in a bicycle accident.

Roy Gomez Jr. was riding down a hill on a bicycle his father had just bought for him at a yard sale when he found himself unable to brake and crashed into a pole on a porch on Liberty Street, said his father, Roy Gomez Sr.

Roy broke his jaw and cheekbone, fractured his collarbone and was being checked for a possible spinal injury, his father said. He was flown to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he was listed in fair condition Friday.

Roy, a student at Smithsburg Middle School, had just made the Smithsburg Jets youth football team, and was on his way to his fourth practice with his father when they decided to stop at the yard sale, his father said.

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Roy's grandparents lived just down the hill on Liberty Street, and Roy wanted to try out the bicycle by riding it there.

"I was about to go out back to hang up a yard of clothes when I looked over the fence and saw he had hit a lady's porch post on his bike," said Theresa Cosens, who lives on Liberty Street. "I was scared to death for that child's life."

It was Cosens who decided to set up the bank account to seek donations to help Roy Gomez Sr., who is a single father.

"I just know the bills are mounting, and I wanted to try to help them out," she said.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to Gomez should contact Susquehanna Bank at 59 W. Washington St. at 301-733-5454.

There are no restrictions on the account, but only Gomez can access it, and he indicated he plans to use the money to pay for his son's medical expenses, a bank spokesman said.

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