15-year-old bicyclist pronounced dead by coroner early Thursday

TOWN OF POMFRET, N.Y. (WIVB) — Sheriff’s officials in Chautauqua County confirmed Thursday the bicycle crash on Route 20 caused a fatality.

The crash occurred Tuesday afternoon in the Town of Pomfret.

Sheriff Joseph Gerace told News 4 the crash appears to be a tragic accident.

Around 1:30 Tuesday, a 15-year-old bicyclist was struck by on-coming traffic according to investigators.

Sheriff Gerace indicated the teenager was headed east on the two-lane highway. Investigators said the teenager somehow got into the car’s lane, and was struck.

“A really horrific situation and our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” the Sheriff said.

The boy was flown by Starflight to Hamot Hospital in Erie Pennsylvania.

A coroner pronounced the boy dead early Thursday morning.

According to officials, as of Thursday afternoon, the boy had been placed on life support for the purpose of harvesting his organs.

Sheriff Gerace does not anticipate any charges will be filed against the 20-year-old driver.

“We have an accident reconstruction team and they were summoned to the scene. They will be doing all the follow-up on trying to determine exactly the path and the speed of the vehicle. We don’t believe that speed that was a factor at all,” he said.

No alcohol or drugs are suspected in this case.

The investigation is ongoing.

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