Brooklyn, NY - A 16 year old boy was killed late this afternoon in a tragic accident that took place on 17th Avenue near 53rd Street.

Police said that the boy was riding his bicycle just after 5:30 when he was struck by a vehicle after he swerved to avoid the opening door of a parked car.  Rescue crews rushed to the scene, where the overturned bicycle could be seen laying on the roadway.

He was transported to Maimonides Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

From photos circulating on social media it appears the boy was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.