PEABODY — A 13-year-old Peabody boy was struck and killed while attempting to cross Route 114 (Andover Street) on a bicycle, according to a statement from Peabody police and the Essex District Attorney's office, which are investigating the death.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victim at this incredibly difficult time,” said Peabody police Chief Thomas Griffin, in a statement Wednesday.

Peabody police responded to reports of the incident at 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday in front of the Walgreens plaza, 229 Andover St. According to radio reports at the time, the victim was reported to be unconscious. 

The boy was taken by ambulance to Salem Hospital where he later was pronounced dead. Officials are withholding his name at the request of his next of kin to make a complete family notification.

The driver of the car, a 19-year old Peabody man, is cooperating with the investigation and was not charged.

Peabody police and Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section are investigating the accident. The state police team was called to the scene Tuesday night.

The story will updated as more information becomes available.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @TannerSalemNews.

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