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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2008 2:26 pm | Updated: 11:59 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A Mesa 7-year-old boy who was given a collections notice for hundreds of dollars in December won’t be facing a bill after all.

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A spokeswoman for Allstate Insurance said Wednesday a notice requiring Dylan Brovitch to pay $650 for a collision was sent to the child by mistake and that the company would never try to collect money from a kid.

“That is something we would never want to do,” said spokeswoman Shelley Beeler. “In recognition and in light of that, we are not pursuing this matter with the Brovitch family any further.”

Dylan was riding his bicycle to school in Mesa on Nov. 9 when he collided with a van in the 700 block of South 54th Street, near Higley Road between Southern Avenue and Broadway Road.

His mother, Jessica Brovitch, believes her son was the victim in the collision. But Jeff Hughes, husband of the van’s driver, Norma Hughes, said the child was at fault because Dylan rode into the back of the van. He said his van’s rear tire was destroyed and the vehicle had body damage, so he first asked the Brovitches to pay for the repairs, then turned in a claim to his insurance company.

“I’m not looking for anything extra,” Hughes said. “I’m only looking for my wife’s vehicle to be in the condition it was before it was hit.”

Police didn’t cite anyone or even write a full report on the incident since the damage was under $2,000. It was ruled a “civil matter,” police said.

Daleen Barrick of Mesa was home at the time of the crash and called 911 . She said Dylan’s older brother told her at the scene the child’s bike had no brakes and that his brother couldn’t stop the bike and rode into the van.

“It would’ve been cheaper to have a bike that was safe and put helmets on those boys than to fix that van,” Barrick said.

The Tribune couldn’t reach the Brovitch family Wednesday evening for comment. But Beeler said Allstate is sending the family a $100 gift card to Target to let them know the company regrets the fact that a collections notice was mistakenly sent to the child.

Hughes also expressed apologies and shock over a bill being sent to a child.

“If I were to make any remedies, I would contact Allstate and see the responsible parties are the parents,” Hughes said.

Beeler believes everyone can learn from this incident by making sure they have liability insurance.

“Looking at this type of a situation, it’s a good reminder for consumers in general to take a look at their homeowners insurance policy that could cover this,” Beeler said. “Read your policy and check with your insurance agent.”

Hughes said Allstate gave him $650, minus his deductible, but that he could only pay for a new tire and still has a damaged van. He said he has his own children and understands kids will act like kids, but that he believes parents are responsible for their children’s mistakes.

“If I were to break a window, I would pay it and be a responsible parent because I broke the window,” Hughes said. “It doesn’t matter whether I got scraped or not. It’s a little boy and it’s going to happen, that’s what insurance is for.”

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