Ten-year-old Will Healy was looking forward to the Critical Mass bike ride last Friday because he wanted to see Berwyn’s Spindle statue.
Instead he took spent the evening getting examined at Stroger Hospital.
As Healy, three of his siblings and their parents rode in the 1300 block of West 18th Street, a burgundy Cadillac attempted to push through the mass of about one hundred bikers, police said.
The car hit Healy, who flew onto the hood.
“Then the car lurched and he cartwheeled onto the road,” said his mother, Jane. “Someone from the crowd dragged him into the gutter otherwise he would have been run over for sure.
“He looks pretty spectacular today, purple and yellow bruises everywhere. Luckily he was wearing his helmet, so there were no head injuries … I think a guardian angel was looking out for him.”
According to his mother, Will’s bike was dragged under the car for several blocks, and several other participants’ bikes were damaged.