Teen Responsible For Own Death In Motorbike Crash, According To Report.
FHP Turns Over Investigation To Boynton Beach Police.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOYNTON BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Boynton Beach Police Officer who chased a teenager on a motorbike is not responsible for the teen’s death, at least according to an investigation conducted by Florida Highway Patrol.
As we reported in late December, a 13-year-old was chased by Boynton PD when an officer feared the teen would hurt himself — or others — by illegally operating a motorbike on U.S. 1 in Boynton. The teen ending up hitting a median, fell from the bike, and died.
Boynton Beach Police issued this statement Thursday morning:
“Following a three-month investigation into a Dec. 26, 2021 motor vehicle accident that resulted in the death of the 13-year-old operator of a high performance 2022 Honda CRF450R-S racing motorcycle, the Florida Highway Patrol has issued its traffic homicide investigation report.
The FHP report found that based on the totality of investigation, the accident occurred while the motorcycle operator was driving recklessly at approximately 85 miles per hour and unlawfully fleeing an attempted traffic stop initiated by a Boynton Beach police officer. There was no physical contact between the police officer’s vehicle and the motorcycle, the FHP report found. The FHP report closing status states: This investigation is complete, and no charges shall be filed, because the at-fault person expired as a result of the crash.
Now that the FHP traffic homicide investigation is completed, the Boynton Beach Police Department will conduct an internal affairs investigation to determine if any police department policies were violated by any Boynton Beach law enforcement officer involved in the incident.
The City of Boynton Beach will not be issuing status reports regarding the internal affairs investigation as all information obtained pursuant to the internal affairs investigation is confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) (Florida Public Records Law) until the investigation ceases to be active, or until the Chief of Police provides written notice to the officer who is the subject of the complaint, either personally or by mail, that the agency has either:
1. Concluded the investigation with a finding not to proceed with disciplinary action or to file charges; or
2. Concluded the investigation with a finding to proceed with disciplinary action or to file charges.”
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