Brooklyn Boy Falls Off Bike, Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

A makeshift memorial was set up over the weekend as the boy's devastated family struggled to figure out how to pay for his funeral

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    Dozens of friends and family are offering comfort to the family of a 13-year-old boy struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Brooklyn Saturday afternoon when he fell off his bike. Ida Siegal reports.

    The family of a 13-year-old Brooklyn boy struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver after falling off his bike over the weekend is pleading for a suspect to come forward as they struggle to figure out how to pay for the child's funeral. 

    Police say Henry Garcia was riding his bike near his home on 20th Avenue in Bensonhurst Saturday afternoon when he apparently lost his balance and fell.

    Police say the driver, who was traveling in the same direction, struck the boy and fled the scene. The boy was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.     

    Police continued to search for the driver on Monday. The suspect is believed to have been behind the wheel of a green SUV.      

    Henry's father Juan Garcia, originally from Guatemala, said in Spanish that he couldn't believe someone would hit a child and then drive off.

    Henry's cousin Bisente Yax says the bike was new. The boy received it several weeks ago as a gift for doing well in school. 

    "They are destroyed, everybody hurt," said Yax. "The whole family here ...but nothing make Henry come back to the family.

    The family begs anyone with information to come forward.

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