14-year-old boy dies in mini-bike accident

Breana Noble
The Detroit News

A 14-year-old boy riding a mini-bike died Friday after he sped through a stop sign and collided into a vehicle on Detroit’s west side.

In the 1600 Rosemont block, the teenager crashing into a moving vehicle, Detroit Police Officer Dan Donakowski said. The teenager was taken to a local hospital and died of his injuries. The other driver sustained no injuries.

“He was driving erratically and at a high speed,” Donakowski said.

A police car in the area noticed the teenager speed by around 9 p.m. Friday. The officer turned the car around and attempted to make a traffic stop, Donakowski said.

Knowing the mini-bike was traveling too fast, however, the police officer cut off the vehicle’s flashing lights, Donakowski said. The teenager crashed into the moving vehicle immediately after.

Donakowski said he did not know if the boy was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

A dash cam from the officer’s car reportedly shows the incident, Donakowski said. It, however, has not been released to the public, though he said he expects it to be made available next week.

Donakowski said accidents involving mini-motorcycles are not common.

“It all depends on how they are riding it,” Donakowski said.


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