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Sanger Herald
By Dick Sheppard
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sanger High student killed in skateboard accident
A candlelight vigil is set for this Saturday

A 16-year-old skateboarder, Mark Carpenter, Jr., a Sanger High School sophomore, was killed Monday evening when he reportedly swerved into a car that was attempting to pass him.

Carpenter was riding his skateboard home from summer school shortly before 5:30 p.m., going west on North Avenue near Thompson Avenue when a car attempted to pass him, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

Carpenter, who was “weaving from left to right in a serpentine manner” made a sharp movement on his skateboard and collided with the car. He was not wearing a helmet and was thrown into the opposing lane, where he died from the impact, according to the CHP report.

The collision is still under investigation.

Friends of the Carpenter family have arranged a candlelight vigil on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Sanger Skate Park on Harrison Avenue near 9th Street, east of the community pool.

A fund has been set up at Citi Bank and any branch can accept donations for the Mark Carpenter Fund, account #42008201610, routing #321171184.

The School District issued the following statement Tuesday morning:

“The Sanger Unified School District family is deeply saddened by the reported death of Sanger High School 10th Grader, Mark Carpenter, who passed away on Monday, June 24th, following an accident.

“Mark was a great young man and student, well liked by students and staff. District staff have offered Sanger High School students grief counseling services through the high school guidance department. Outside grief counselors may also be made available to students, if necessary.

“The Sanger Unified School District and Sanger high school family extends their heartfelt sympathies to Mark’s family at this very difficult time, and will keep Mark, his family, and his friends in their thoughts and prayers.”

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