Police in Baxter say helmet may have saved 4-year-old run over by mail truck

May 13, 2019 06:38 PM

Police in Baxter say a helmet likely saved a 4-year-old, who suffered only minor injuries after being run over by a mail truck that had pulled into a family driveway Saturday.

"You can't believe how much of a miracle it is," Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted said.

The family lives in a cul-de-sac and was playing outside when the United States Postal Service truck pulled into the driveway. As the father walked up to get the mail from the driver, 4-year-old Cohen Groenwold ran out in front of the truck on his bike.

"In any instance like that, your heart just races," Christopher Groenwold, the boy's father, said. 

He added, "Wear helmets. If he wasn't wearing his helmet, I guarentee I wouldn't be holding him today."

Cohen was wearing a helmet at the time. And though the helmet exploded, the child was believed to have suffered only minor injuries.

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Tire tracks are clearly visible on the exploded helmet.

The matter remains under investigation. According to police, the driver could face a minor moving violation charge.

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