CHEEKTOWAGA (WKBW) Police say a twelve year old boy was struck and killed around noon on Monday by two vehicles at the intersection of Walden and Harlem Road while he was crossing the street on his bike, without a helmet. Family members say the boy's name is Mujtoba Rafid, an immigrant from Bangladesh.
"He was only a twelve year old boy. He didn't deserve this," cousin Sarah Khan said.
Cheektowaga Police say the boy and his older brother were riding their bikes along Walden Avenue and attempting to cross over Harlem, heading towards the Thruway Mall Plaza. Two cars were making a left hand turn onto Walden, with a green arrow, when one car hit the boy's back tire and the other struck and killed him. Neither driver is being charged at this point.
"Right now we're still investigating, the investigation is still ongoing, but at this time it does not look like there will be any charges. From what we believe, the southbound cars had a green arrow to go eastbound onto Walden Avenue. They proceeded with the green arrow and we believe he went against the pedestrian heed," Lt. Steven Berecz of the Cheektowaga PD said.
"I don't understand how are they OK with someone hitting somebody, killing them and not pressing any charges on them. how does that all work?" Sarah Khan added.
The young boy's family also asked all drivers to be safer in the wake of this tragedy, to avoid any other lost lives.
"Be careful on the street whenever driving, and the kids that are... everybody be careful," Rafid's uncle said with a pause.
Cheektowaga Police have now reopened all lanes of Harlem Road and Walden Avenue, which had been shut down.