Covina teen dies after falling from skateboard

COVINA — A 16-year-old Covina boy died Tuesday from injuries he suffered in a skateboarding accident Monday, authorities said.
The boy’s name was not released Wednesday pending notification of his family, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Investigator Jerry McKibben said.
But a fund-raising web site purportedly set up by family and friends of the young man identified him as Keith Guerrero. Donations were being accepted online at http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/keith-guerrero-memorial-fund-3-21-1997-11-12-2013-/105730.
“As you could imagine, our pain and our grief is beyond words and quite honestly we do not know where to begin to cope with our loss or much less how to move forward with our lives,” according to a statement posted on the website. “The outpouring of support from all of you is appreciated more than you will ever know… thank you!”
The boy had been riding a skateboard downhill Monday afternoon the area of Mesarica Road and Puente Street in an unincorporated county area near Covina when his skateboard struck some sort of obstruction and was thrown from the skateboard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. David Grall said.
The teen suffered serious head injuries, the sergeant said. A rescue helicopter was landed at nearby Badillo Elementary School to rush the boy to a trauma center.
He was pronounced dead at 2:33 a.m. Tuesday at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, McKibben said.
Grall described the incident as a “tragic accident.”
“We definitely feel for the family,” he said. “We send out our condolences as well.”

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