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Child riding bicycle killed by driver in Miami Beach

A vigil will be held Monday for Rudra Bhatt, the 14-year-old boy struck and killed by a car Saturday while riding his bicycle.

The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Fisher Park, 610 W 51st Terrace in Miami Beach, just days after the accident near 50th Street and Alton Road.

Miami Herald news partner CBS4 reported that Bhatt had his father tracking his location using their cell phones when he was hit by the pickup truck. Henry Patel, a family friend, told the TV station Rudra was his parents’ only child.

“He told his father, ‘track me’. So while his father was trying to track him on his cell phone, his father saw that he was not responding for several minutes on the same position,” Patel said. “The father did not get any call. But he just took off with his car to the location because he was tracking his son. When he came and he saw ambulances and police cars. And so probably that was a father’s worst nightmare come true.”

Bhatt, who would’ve turned 15 just days after starting his sophomore year at Miami Beach Senior High this August, was on his way home from volunteering at his old middle school, Corinne Boulos, a former teacher wrote in a GoFundMe description. She said Bhatt continuously volunteered with Biscayne Elementary’s after school program as a mentor and chess teacher.

The fund for Bhatt’s family has raised more than $7,000 as of Monday morning.

“He was an exceptional student - incredibly smart and a high achiever from childhood with a bright future ahead,” wrote Raveena Patel, a family friend who watched Bhatt’s parents bring him home from the hospital, in an email. “He was also an excellent chess player who played competitively, and had both a penchant and talent for computers which he enjoyed building in his free time.”

“Rudra was loved by everyone: his family, friends, neighbors, teachers, classmates, you name it.”

Charges are not expected for the driver of the pickup truck, Miami Beach Police Department spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said in an e-mail.

Miami Herald reporter Alex Harris contributed to this report.

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