18-year-old John Malvar died Tuesday after he fell and suffered severe head injuries during a skateboarding accident on S. Highland Street in Arlington.
Police say Malvar was hanging onto the back of a pickup truck being driven by a 17-year-old boy. Both teens were students at Washington-Lee High School.
Close friends were in shock and described Malvar as smart and popular. One of his best friends, Brendyn Toone, says he never knew Malvar to try dangerous stunts and that "this was pretty uncharacteristic of him."
Another friend, Brittany O'Grady, said Malvar was "always smiling, always incredibly nice, never had anything back to say about anyone."
Malvar was on the swim team, played the guitar and was headed to Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall.
Grief counselors are on standby at the high school. Police say the 17-year-old juvenile, who was driving the pickup truck, may face charges of reckless driving.
From Washington-Lee High School's website:
It is with a heavy heart that we share with you that Senior John Malvar passed away Tuesday afternoon at GW hospital. John was an incredible young man who contributed positively in many ways to our school and lives. The upcoming days will be difficult ones as we will be missing him and providing support to our Washington-Lee family.
Statement from Gregg Robertson, Principal, Washington-Lee High School and Nancy Opsut, Principal, Arlington Career Center:
Dear Washington-Lee and Career Center Communities,
It is with great sadness that we are informing you that this afternoon two Washington-Lee/Career Center students were involved in a critical accident involving a motor vehicle. While one student was not injured, the other student was taken to the hospital as a result of the accident. At this point, we do not have all of the details to report and a police investigation is underway. Our thoughts are with both students and their families at this difficult time. If your child experiences any difficulty as a result of his/her awareness of the accident and needs to speak to someone, our counselors will be available this afternoon after school and in the days ahead.
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