13-year-old boy riding bicycle dead after hit-and-run in Goodyear
GOODYEAR, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Police say a 13-year-old boy has died after a hit-and-run in Goodyear on Tuesday afternoon. Dylan Buensuceso was riding his bike after school when he was hit in a neighborhood near Elliot Road and Estrella Parkway just before 3 p.m. In an update around 8:30 p.m., police confirmed Buensuceso did not survive his injuries and died several hours after the crash.
Police are searching for a white Ford pickup truck with damage to the right front headlight. The driver is described as a Hispanic man who was wearing a long-sleeve orange shirt, according to officers. Officers believe there may have also been passengers in the truck.
Buensuceso was an eighth-grade student at Estrella Mountain Elementary School. In a letter sent to parents, principal Lynzee Booras told parents Buensuceso was heading home when he was hit. The school will have counselors on campus for students on Wednesday, Booras said. If you would like to send a card, send it to Estrella Mountain Elementary School and the staff will then forward it to Buensuceso’s family.
Frederick Buensuceso is in disbelief that his son was killed just a mile away from home. “I can’t believe somebody would be that inhumane to actually kill a child and move on,” he said.
Frederick says his son had dreams of becoming a doctor. Dylan was just seconds from making it home when he was hit. Third graders witnessed the hit-and-run and gave police a description of the truck involved in the crime.
“I just can’t believe it, and you know I hope they arrest this guy,” Frederick said. “I hope somebody will see something, and you know, call the police so at least we can get this part of closure over with.”
On Wednesday, a growing memorial was made for Dylan in the neighborhood. Classmates came to put flowers, teddy bears and leave heartfelt messages for him. Among many of the people who went to the memorial was the principal of Dylan’s school, Lynzee Booras.
“He was a fun-loving kid,” said Booras. “We are a family, and we are going to pull together anyway a family would, and right now we are looking for prayers, right now we are asking for the community to come together and look for the person who hit our student.”
Lisa Berry with the Goodyear Police Department is warning people to be careful when driving in residential areas. “We would encourage people to be very cautious when they’re driving in residential communities because there are kids around. There’s (sic) kids playing, kids riding bikes. You never know what a child is going to do if they’re going to dart out in front of you. So we want drivers to be aware, not drive distracted, and pay attention to their surroundings,” she said.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information or camera footage can call Goodyear Police Department at (623) 932-1220.
Berry added the situation is a difficult one for officers who have young kids. “This is heartbreaking. They’re people behind the badge and a lot of them are parents themselves and have young children at home. Anybody who has to see this sort of incident is very much affected by that. So, our hearts go out to the family, to the community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and we hope for the best possible outcome of this situation,” she said.
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