A teenage girl who was lucky to survive a terrifying motorbike crash is today warning others of the dangers of riding without a helmet.
Katey Bell had to be airlifted to hospital in Sheffield when the bike she was riding pillion on smashed into a house in Carr Lane, Wadworth.
At first it was thought the 17-year-old had suffered serious head injuries but fortunately she managed to escape with a severe gash to her head.
She needed surgery to repair nerve damage.
But she has since started a new job at a town centre fashion store after battling back to health following her ordeal.
Katey, of Well Lane, now realises she made a mistake getting on a motorbike without a helmet and her family say she has learned a painful lesson.
She said: “It was a big mistake not wearing a helmet.
“I would say to anybody else to make sure they wear a helmet - don’t go out on a bike without one.
“I could have been killed - I am so grateful to be here.”
Her mum, Jane Brearley, who thanked the police and ambulance service for their response to the incident, said today: “She was very, very lucky. She knows it could have been a lot worse.”
Mrs Brearley was at home when she was told her daughter had been in an accident on a bike ridden by an 18-year-old man.
She said: “She had just been for an interview and had got the job so she was really bubbly.
“She said she was going to a friend’s and the next thing I know I was getting a knock at the door.
“When I went to the scene I thought she had been hit by a motorbike but it turned out she was on the back of this lad’s bike and they had hit the corner of a wall. I don’t know how it came about.
“Katey hit her head on the wall or a gate, we’re not sure which. She was so confused she was trying to fight the ambulanceman who was helping her.
“At first everybody thought it was really serious but it turned out to be a really bad gash.
“She had an operation to make sure there were no bone frgaments in the wound. She can’t remember much about what happened after getting on the bike.”
Katey later admitted while being interviewed by a police officer that she had ridden on bikes without a helmet before.
“She’s learned a very painful lesson and she’s promised not to do it ever again,” Mrs Brearley added.