A 13-year-old boy on a dirt bike died on Dec. 26 after he crashed as police in Florida attempted a traffic stop, the Boynton Beach Police Department said.
In a statement, police said the teen was “driving recklessly” on Boynton Beach Boulevard and later went down in the 800 block of North Federal Highway when officers attempted to pull him over.
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), which is leading the investigation, said that the teen “failed to maintain control of the vehicle and collided with the median curb.”
The teen was then “ejected” from the dirt bike and “collided with a one way sign that was located in the median,” FHP said in a statement.
Police did not release the name of the teen, but family members identified him as Stanley Davis Jr.
Boynton Beach Police Department Chief Michael Gregory promised a “thorough and and meticulous investigations into the circumstances of what occurred,” though he said it could take weeks or months to complete.
Gregory said at a press conference on Dec. 27 that the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct its own investigation into the cause and manner of the teen’s death, after which the police department will conduct an internal review to determine if any policy violations or procedures occurred.
The officer involved in the incident — whose name was not released — has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigations.
It is unclear if the leave is paid.
Gregory also addressed what he described as “false narratives,” saying that there was no evidence that a patrol vehicle came into contact with the dirt bike.
Gregory also said there was no evidence that a secondary crash occurred.
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