Fatal Batavia accident: 7-year-old killed in bike accident identified

BATAVIA, Ohio --  Ohio Highway Patrol identified the 7-year-old boy who suffered fatal injuries Sunday when he rode his bike into an SUV.

Evan Geer, 7, of Batavia died shortly after he rode his bicycle into the intersection of Fifth and Wood streets and struck a southbound 2002 Jeep Wranger at 12:38 p.m. Melissa Maloney, 43, of Batavia , drove the vehicle, according to the highway patrol.

A helicopter transported Geer to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where he later died.

No one inside the Jeep was injured.

After Sunday’s tragedy several members of the community told 9 On Your Side reporter Anthony Mirones that they wanted motorists to be more aware when they drive through the area due to the number of young children who live and play there.

The speed limit is 25 miles-per-hour where the accident occurred.

Community members also want Batavia to take extra steps to ensure the safety of their children. One suggestion is posting a “children at play” sign in the area.

In the meantime, community members hope a cross with the boy's soccer jersey draped across it at the intersection where the accident occurred will serve as a reminder to motorists and passersby.

The crash remains under investigation.

On Monday a Facebook memorial was posted for Geer and a fund raising event announced at https://www.facebook.com/events/242007655951471/.

9 On Your Side will update this story when more information is available.

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