A teenager died after police said he was hit by a car in Waterbury while he was riding his bike early Tuesday morning.
Police said the crash happened at the intersection of Cooke Street and Chase Avenue just before 6 a.m.
The victim, 14-year-old Alex Suarez, was taken to Waterbury Hospital with what police called a “serious head injury.” However, police said Suarez later died from his injuries.
Police say he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
After gaining momentum down the hilly road, officers said Suarez collided with a car traveling on Chase Street though the busy intersection. Suarez was thrown 15 feet.
Police said the preliminary cause of the crash was the bicyclist entered the intersection against traffic, however the incident is still under investigation.
"If you're on a bicycle, do us all a favor, do your loved ones a favor and wear a helmet and abide by traffic rules of the road," said Waterbury's Deputy Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo.
The male driver of the vehicle called for help and tried to render aide.
On Tuesday, friends and classmates said Suarez always made people laugh.
"He was a very funny person to be around, always a lot of jokes and smiles," said 8th grade classmate Ruthann Bucknor.
Kennece Wright said she had all of her classes with Suarez and called him a close friend.
"I didn't really believe it," Wright said. "He'll always make you laugh."
The police’s crash reconstruction unit is investigating the cause of the crash. No charges have been filed by police.
Waterbury Schools COO told Eyewitness News, the death of Suarez is a very unfortunate incident, and they send condolences to his family.
Grief counselors will available at North End Middle School on Wednesday and as need later in the week.
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