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12-year-old bicyclist killed in Cheektowaga moved here recently from Bangladesh

A 12-year-old boy who moved here two months ago from Bangladesh was killed on his bicycle at about noon Monday at Cheektowaga’s busy Harlem Road-Walden Avenue intersection.

The victim was identified as Mujtoba Rafid. Cheektowaga Police Traffic Lt. Steven Berecz said the boy, who was learning to ride a bicycle, crossed against the light at the intersection and was accompanied by an older brother.

Police said the rear tire of the boy’s bike was hit by a car traveling south on Harlem, The bike then fishtailed and was struck by another southbound car that was turning onto Walden. The boy was briefly dragged under the second car, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene

The Cheektowaga Police Department Accident Investigation Unit is investigating. No charges have been filed against either driver, according to Berecz. Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact the Cheektowaga Police Accident Investigation Unit at 686-3580.