BOYNTON BEACH, FL - Authorities are investigating a dirt bike crash in Boynton Beach Sunday that killed a 13-year-old boy.
According to WPTV, Boynton Beach police officers attempted a traffic stop after the teen was seen driving the bike recklessly on Boynton Beach Boulevard shortly before 1 p.m.
The Florida Highway Patrol said the boy then lost control of the bike and struck a median curb on North Federal Highway. He was ejected and hit a sign in the median, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Boynton Beach Police Chief Michael G. Gregory made a statement that read in part, "Our hearts go out to the family members of this young person, and they can trust that we and our law enforcement partners will be conducting a series of thorough and meticulous investigations into the circumstances of what occurred."
The Florida Highway Patrol will lead the investigation, while a separate investigation will be conducted by the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office.
Gregory said there will also be an internal affairs probe by the police department to determine whether any policies or procedures were violated. He said he has seen no evidence thus far that the officer's vehicle came in contact with the dirt bike.
The officer involved in the crash will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
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