CAMBRIDGE - âWho knew litter on P.E.I. roads could be life threatening?ââ
Thatâs a question Betsy Morehouse of Cambridge, Kings County, is both asking herself and telling others as a warning.
Morehouseâs friend was cycling in P.E.I. last week when her front tire struck an empty beer can.
She was travelling downhill at the time and Morehouse said she was moving fast.
âShe struck an empty beer can and it locked her wheel, throwing her over the handle bars,ââ Morehouse said. âShe had a helmet on, of course, and she was dressed in proper clothing but she hit her forehead.ââ
Morehouseâs friend is being treated for her injuries at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.
âHer progress is slow but encouraging. Sheâs getting physical therapy and speech therapy. Sheâs having trouble with her balance and Iâm not really sure about her memory.ââ
Morehouse said sheâs speaking out in hopes that it makes people think twice about littering.
âI think people mostly think when they litter itâs doing something to the environment, that it wonât affect them right now.
âWhatâs important to consider here is that people can be hurt. She could have been killed and she could still have permanent damage.ââ
Beyond that, Morehouse doesnât understand why people would even want to litter in what she calls âsuch a beautiful province.
âPeople come here to bicycle but if theyâre afraid theyâre going to get hurt they wonât come.ââ