Boy, 8, on bike dies after being hit by vehicle in Phoenix

victim: Richard Vejar, 8 y.o. male. Wed July 9, 2014 830p, i.e. nighttime (no mention of lights).  26th Ave and Roeser Rd, Phoenix.

An 8-year-old south Phoenix boy who rode into traffic on his bicycle and was hit by an SUV on Wednesday night has died, officials said Thursday.

The boy was identified as Richard Vejar, according to Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a Phoenix police spokesman.

Authorities said the boy was riding his bicycle on 26th Avenue at about 8:30p.m. and blew through a stop sign where the street connects with Roeser Road.

Just past the sign, the boy darted into the path of a Dodge Nitro driven by a 37-year-old woman, according to official accounts and Lt. Michael Rivera, who was at the scene Wednesday. The driver tried to swerve but still struck the boy, Rivera said.

Another motorist stopped to help when he saw the boy in the road, Rivera said. The man called 911 and followed the dispatcher’s instructions to remove his shirt and use it to stanch the bleeding, Rivera said.

The child was taken to a hospital in extremely critical condition, Rivera said.

No citations were issued; the driver did not appear impaired.

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