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UPDATE: 15-year-old Chris Saunders killed in bicycle accident
Greece, N.Y. - A Greece teen has died after being struck by a vehicle Friday evening.
According to the Greece Police Department, Chris Saunders, 15, was hit at the intersection of Fetzner Road and West Ridge Road shortly after 7:30 p.m. Officials said the Saunders was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with serious injuries and passed away around 11 p.m.
Saunders lived on Fetzner Road in Greece.
Connie McGees son was with Saunders at the time of the accident and explains that the boys were excited to get home.
They just went to the mall, McGee explained. They just went to Game Stop because they just bought a PSP. They went to Hess to get some drinks and they were heading back home all excited to play this new game and that's when he got hit.
Saunders was traveling north on his bicycle at the time of the incident and was not using the crosswalk at the intersection.
His mother and I told them, You have to cross at the white lines, but kids are kids, McGee said. They get out there, they get excited and they don't think. I think that's what happened.
There are several businesses in this area of Greece and employees say they often see people crossing West Ridge Road dangerously.
[This is] very sad, Laurie Maggio said. I've come out here in our parking lot several times and warned these kids that they have to stop. They are on their bikes and skateboards and I guess it's the It can't happen to me' attitude and it can happen to them.
McGee says her son is angry and saddened by the loss of his friend.
[Chris] was a great kid, she said. He was my sons friend for over eight years. He was always there for him. They were always together all the time riding their bikes and they probably crossed West Ridge Road a million and one times... but I don't know.
Police said no one involved in the incident has been charged.
Saunders was formerly a student at Apollo and Arcadia Middle Schools but was most recently a BOCES 2 student.
The Greece Central School District released this statement:
The Greece Central School District and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES are mourning the death of a student. Chris Saunders was struck by a car on Friday, October 4 while attempting to cross Ridge Road on his bicycle.Chris formerly attended Apollo and Arcadia middle schools and most recently attended a Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES program.
Staff members at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES say they will always remember Chris smile and his kindness toward his friends and fellow students.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris family. The Greece Central School District and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES will provide counseling and support to students and staff on Monday.