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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.

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