A vigil was held tonight for 13-year-old Neil Pedersen, killed on Wednesday while riding his bike on Vienna Road in Sylvan Beach. Family and friends left notes, flowers, and candles in Pedersen's memory.
"He was a - I hate to be cliche - but a typical, typical young boy," said cousin Justin Kline. "He loved his sports. He loved to have fun. He loved his video games. Anything any little boy would do. He wasn't a bad kid."
Pedersen was hit by a drunk driver in a pickup truck around 8:39pm on Wednesday. 53-year-old Gary Svecz of Forest City, Pennsylvania is now facing charges for driving while intoxicated and second degree vehicular manslaughter.