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Lutz boy dies after being hit by car while riding bike

TAMPA — A Martinez Middle School student is dead after being struck by a car while riding his bike.

Mitchell Bowers, 12, of Lutz rode his Raleigh inside the bicycle lane westbound on Van Dyke Road about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.

As he approached the intersection of Currie Ford Drive, a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said, he turned left in front of a vehicle traveling in the same direction.

Driver Bola Rezk-Alla, 17, of Thoroughbred Loop in Odessa, was unable to stop his Honda before striking the child, spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.

Bowers, a seventh-grader, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he died.

Carter said the crash remains under investigation, though charges appear unlikely.

Correction: Driver Bola Rezk-Alla is 17 years old. An earlier version of this post contained the wrong age, due to incorrect information released by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Lutz boy dies after being hit by car while riding bike 01/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 2:58pm]
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