11-year-old ID'd as minibike driver killed in South Academy crash

Deadly crash on S. Academy in Colorado Springs 6/22/19.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The driver of a minibike killed on South Academy Saturday evening was just 11 years old, police have confirmed.

The boy ran a red light at the intersection of Academy and Pace Drive while on a battery-powered Razor motorbike and was hit by an oncoming Chevy Equinox.

"The driver of that vehicle [the minibike] was thrown and has died on scene," said Colorado Springs Police Department spokesperson Lt. Jim Sokolik.

The Chevy was traveling southbound on Academy and the bike was westbound on Pace when they collided. The Chevy reportedly had a green light.

Speeding and alcohol did not play a role in the crash, Sokolik said. The driver of the Chevy remained on scene after the collision.

The crash happened just before 9 p.m.

The crash was the second deadly collision in Colorado Springs in 24 hours and marked the 20th in the city for the calendar year. This time in 2018 -- the city's deadliest year on record on the roads -- there were 23 fatal crashes.

"We're very concerned about traffic fatalities in Colorado Springs," Sokolik said. "... We have had several on Academy; we had several on Academy last year. I'm sure that's a function of just the sheer number of vehicles on the road. I know our traffic engineering is looking at that."

The crash remains under investigation, including whether the minibike was street legal.

The victim's name has not been released.