Boy killed in mountain biking accident named

Police have named the 11-year-old boy who died after a mountain biking accident in Gisborne yesterday.

Leo Te Kira was riding on a mountain bike trail with an adult and two friends yesterday afternoon.

He was cycling down a steep part of the track when he crashed and suffered serious injuries.

Police said Leo lost control on a steep decline and went over a bank. He had been wearing his cycle helmet at the time of the crash.

The adult with the boys found Leo and called for help shortly after.

He was taken to Gisborne hospital but died about two hours later.

Police were "keeping an open mind" about whether charges would be laid, senior sergeant Maui Aben said.

"We are still investigating the crash and whether or not charges are pending is dependant on the outcome."

- with The Dominion Post

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