Loved ones mourn teen killed on bicycle in Pembroke Pines
Police initially thought 14-year-old had been struck by car
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Overcome with grief, a woman bent over in tears Tuesday at the site of a bicycle crash in Pembroke Pines that claimed the life of her 14-year-old son.
The mother, who came to pray at the scene, then walked over and collapsed on her knees in the middle of the street.
Those around her carried her back to the sidewalk for safety.
Another person at the scene, Naim Shabani, told Local 10 News he's a friend of the victim's family.
"I just came from the family right now," he said. "Oh my God. You don't want to go through -- to see what these two parents, what they are going through."
Police said the teen, identified Tuesday as Bora D. Duz, was riding his bicycle around 8 p.m. Monday when he crashed his bike. Investigators initially believed that he had been killed in a hit-and-run crash, but later determined that only the bike was involved in the accident.
The deadly collision happened in the northbound lanes of Northwest 196th Avenue near Taft Street.
Police said a passerby saw the wounded teen, badly bleeding, and called 911.
"We were all just focused on keeping him calm," Megan Caril said. "He was bleeding somewhere from the waist down, and we couldn't really tell exactly where it was coming from."
Caril said Duz was conscious when he left in the ambulance and she was shocked to hear that he later died after being taken to Memorial Regional Hospital.
Shabani said the teenager was from Turkey, had a brother and was a nice person, smart and ambitious.
"His father is a very educated engineer and both of the kids (were) trying to go in the same path as the father," Shabani said.
A rideout will be held for Duz at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Chapel Trail Park.
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