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Bike Riding Boy's Throat Severely Cut By Neighbor's Rope

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A teen boy’s throat was severely cut while he was riding his bike through his local neighborhood.

Sergio Perez, 13, took a short cut down the hill through a neighbor’s yard when he says he was cut by a thin rope the home owner had used to block off the area.

Residents of the neighborhood say the rope was put there to keep kids out.

“Suddenly I felt a pull on my neck because I think I knew that there was going to be a rope on the floor, but I didn't know it was going to be up on the fence,” Perez said.

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Perez’s throat was cut by the rope and he passed out.

(via FOX 32)

“I blacked out for a little and then I screamed, I was like mom, mom. I didn't know what to do after that,” said Perez to FOX 32's Tisha Lewis.

“It was really scary just seeing my son holding his neck, he could have lost his head,” said Naomi Perez, Sergio's mother.

Had Sergio been younger, smaller, or riding his bike faster, his mother does not think he would have survived.

“This happened to my son but it could happen to other kids,” said Naomi.

A large amount of school-aged children live in the Perez’s Romeoville, Illinois, neighborhood.

“Sergio is a big kid, and you see how bad the cut is and could have been a lot worse if it was a smaller kid,” said neighbor Eric Ratliff.

Ratliff heard Romeo screaming after he hit the tight rope.

“By the time I got over here towards the hill, I saw him make his way up holding his neck and I saw blood coming out of his mouth and that's when she was saying, dial 9-1-1,” said Ratliff.

When asked by FOX 32 for comment on the rope’s existence, the neighbor suspected of putting it up declined to comment and asked reporters to leave the property.

A police report has been filed against the neighbor and Will County States Attorney Office Spokesman Charles Pelkie said charges have not been filed, but the case is under review.

Photo Source: FOX 32