ARLINGTON, Va. (CBSDC) – Students at Washington-Lee High School will hold a vigil for a classmate killed in a skateboarding accident.
John Malvar, 18, was skateboarding down South Highland Street near Second Street while hanging onto the driver’s side of a pickup truck when he lost balance and fell, suffering a major head injury Tuesday afternoon, police say.
The vigil is scheduled for Wednesday evening at the high school in Arlington.
Malvar was in cardiac arrest when medical personnel arrived at the scene but was revived and transported to George Washington University Hospital in critical condition. He later died at the hospital, police said.
The pickup truck was driven by another teenager, 17, who also attended both Washington-Lee High School and the Arlington Career Center, an Arlington County schools spokesperson said.
Arlington County schools say grief counselors will be available at the schools for as long as they’re needed.
Washington-Lee principal Gregg Robertson is expected to meet privately with Malvar’s family as well as the family of the student driving the truck.
Robertson issued the following statement Wednesday morning:
“Yesterday, Washington-Lee lost an incredible young man. I know things like that are often said of individuals that pass away, however regarding John, it could not be a truer statement. He was thrilled last week when presented with his perfect attendance award. I think this is very telling of his determination and dedication to himself and others. I’m very proud of the Washington-Lee Community during this difficult time. Students, in particular, are coming together to celebrate John’s life and the contributions he made to them as classmates and to his school. We have many things planned to celebrate John’s life during the coming days and weeks. John will always remain close to our hearts and remembered for the caring, outstanding young man he was. I will never see a brighter smile than that of John Malvar’s.”