13-year-old boy dies in fatal car, bicycle crash in Athens

Athens Police Captain Brett Constable said the boy was identified as Josu Velasquez, age 13 of Athens.
Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 6:44 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2022 at 9:22 AM CDT

ATHENS, Ala. (WAFF) - A child died on the scene of a crash involving a bike and a car in Athens late Tuesday night.

According to Limestone County Coroner Mike West, the crash happened around 11:50 p.m. on July 5 near the Hines Street intersection of Highway 72 West. A 13-year-old male was struck by a car while riding his bike. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Athens Police Captain Brett Constable said the boy was identified as Josue Velasquez, age 13 of Athens.

Athens City Schools Superintendent, Beth Patton, released the following statement:

“The Athens City Schools family is heartbroken over the tragic loss of Josue, an upcoming eighth grader at Athens Middle School. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and with all who knew and loved him.”

The driver is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.

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