Arlington boy killed in motorbike crash identified

An 11-year-old boy was killed Tuesday evening when the motorbike he was riding crashed into a brick mailbox in Arlington, police said.

The boy was identified early Wednesday by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner as Demarion Levi.

The motorbike, which was not street legal, broke into pieces and the mailbox was split in two, said Lt. Christopher Cook, a police spokesman.

Police are still unsure of what type of bike it is or who owned it. One neighbor told investigators that the bike just sits in the neighborhood and anyone can ride it.

“This is just an awful, awful case,” Cook said. It was apparently a “very high-speed impact,” he said.

The crash occurred about 7:15 p.m. in the 500 block of McQueary Street, a little west of the University of Texas at Arlington.

The boy, who had not been identified late Tuesday, was unresponsive in the street when first responders arrived. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Cook said.

A girl about the same age was also taken to a hospital that night, Cook said, but was released Wednesday.

Investigators said they believe the girl may have been walking in the street with a friend when the boy on the motorbike tried to avoid them and lost control, Cook said.

Mark Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST

Azia Branson: 817-390-7547, @aziabranson