The young bicyclist who was fatally struck by a car Sunday was a well-liked Farmingdale High School freshman who played in the school band and had already made many friends and admirers after just a few months at school, friends said.
Bryan Enriquez, 14, of Farmingdale, was struck while riding his bike across Route 109 in Farmingdale, Nassau County police said Monday.
"Bryan was a gifted and loving young man whose positive personality made an impact on everyone he interacted with," principal Glen Zakian said in a statement. "He was a true Daler who played an integral role in creating school spirit and enthusiasm at Farmingdale High School as a dedicated member of the marching band and pep band. Bryan was a very talented young man, and will be missed by everyone."
Zakian said grief counselors would be available for students and staff during the coming weeks.
"I just hope he's looking down from heaven and that he knows that all his friends are looking out for him," said Jessica Franciosi, 15, who had known Enriquez for about two years and played music with him at Weldon E. Howitt Middle School, where she said Enriquez was a standout saxophonist.>>VIDEO: Click here to see footage from the crime scene
"We all miss him and love him," she said, echoing dozens of comments posted on a Facebook page Monday.
One Facebook page set up Monday night in Enriquez's honor urged students in the Farmingdale High School marching band to wear band shirts to school in honor of their fallen friend.
Enriquez was crossing Route 109 on his blue bicycle, adorned with green neon lettering that read "DYNO," when he was struck by the northbound vehicle near Staples Street at about 5:40 p.m. Sunday, police said.
He was taken to New Island Hospital in Bethpage where he was pronounced dead about half an hour later, police said.
His family could not be reached for comment.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the teenager remained at the scene after the accident and has not been charged, police said.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Arthur F. White Funeral Home in Farmingdale.
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