South Florida boy Rudra Bhatt, 14, was bicycling home from school on July 30 when he was hit by a pickup truck and killed.
His father, Dakshesh Bhatt, was tracking his son via the GPS on his cellphone when the accident occurred, reports WSVN.
“He was coming from his school, heading home, and his father saw he was not responding for seven minutes on the same position,” said family friend Henry Patel. “We have lost a young man. He was very bright.”
As the grieving father explained to WSVN: “I called him like 15, 20 times. I said, ‘What happened?' He didn’t pick up, so I thought something is wrong. Right away I took my car, right away, and when I [arrived] ... the police, they said nothing was left.”
According to Miami Beach Police, the driver of the pickup involved in the tragic incident stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
“This appears to be a very unfortunate traffic accident. Our investigators do not anticipate any criminal charges toward the driver," said Miami Beach Police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez in an email.
According to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, 726 Americans died in bicycle/motor vehicle crashes in 2014, the most recent year for which statistics are available. That’s an average of almost two people per day.
That figure is considered to be far lower than the actual number, because “only a fraction of bicycle crashes causing injury are ever recorded by the police,” the organization reports.
Additional statistics reveal that 88 percent of bicycle deaths involve male victims, 71 percent of the fatalities happen in urban areas, 20 percent occur between 6 and 8:59 p.m, and Florida leads the nation in the number of bicycle fatalities.
A candlelight memorial was scheduled to honor Rudra.