Mario Valenzuela

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Mario Valenzuela
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Age: 14

Location:
Borden Av & 11 St
Long Island City
Queens , NY
United States

Mario's family installed a ghost bike in his honor and memory shortly after his death. They are still seeking justice for his death. 

From the NY Post

A 14-year-old cyclist was struck and killed by a private sanitation
truck in Queens on Saturday — bringing the number of accidental bike
deaths this year to 21 — more than double the number killed in 2018,
authorities said.

Mario Valenzuela, of Astoria, was struck by the Limited Interior
Group truck around 1:55 p.m. near a railroad crossing at Borden Avenue
and 11th Street in Long Island City, cops said.

The teen was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 33-year-old driver, wearing a Teamsters Local 813 T-shirt — the
union representing private sanitation truck drivers — was crying and
visibly shaken as he spoke to cops following the crash. He was not
immediately charged, police said.

He was led him away from the scene and declined to speak with reporters.

The boy’s bike was still lodged in the rear driver’s side wheel as cops investigated the crash Saturday afternoon.