September 2, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Boy, 5, 'going to be fine' after dirt bike accident in Macomb Township

Macomb Township — A 5-year-old boy injured after being thrown off a dirt bike is expected to recover from numerous injuries.

“He’s going to be fine,” Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said Tuesday. “He is still in the hospital, but he is going to recover.”

Police expect charges to be filed against the Macomb Township man riding the bike, but none had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon. The 27-year-old was the boyfriend of the child’s mother. Police originally said the man was the boy’s father.

According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department, the man and the boy were riding a KTM mini dirt bike about 3 p.m. Sunday between the sidewalk and road along Garfield north of Hall in Macomb Township. When he rode over some hills, the boy was thrown from the bike, Lt. John Michalke said in a press release.

A witness driving on Garfield told deputies the boy flew off the bike after the man had done two or three jumps. The boy was wearing a helmet, but it came off when he was jettisoned from the motorcycle. She told deputies she thought the motorcycle ran over the boy, according to Michalke, which a second witness also said.

The driver said she was going between 40 and 45 mph on Garfield and it appeared the motorcycle was going at roughly the same speed when the accident occurred.

The boy was taken to Henry Ford Hospital in Clinton Township and transferred to Children’s Hospital in Detroit.