CANTON, Ohio - A 16-year-old boy has died from injuries sustained in a skateboarding crash, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office.
Dallas Swogger was skateboarding on 12th Street NW near Cato Court NW on Sept. 29 around 2:36 p.m when the crash occurred, according to a press release.
The teen was holding onto a car when he lost control of his skateboard and fell and hit his head, police said, but added, the injuries are not believed to be a direct result of contact with the vehicle.
The boy was taken to a nearby hospital and then flown by helicopter to Akron Children's Hospital. He was pronounced dead Tuesday around 7 a.m.
The Canton City School District released a statement regarding Swogger's passing and his reputation at McKinley High School.
The Canton City School District would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of our student Dallas Swogger. Dallas was a freshman at the McKinley High School Downtown Campus where he was known as a loyal friend to many. According to his close friends, Dallas embraced life and enjoyed brightening others' days. His smile and his exuberant nature will be remembered by all who were fortunate to be a part of his life. McKinley High School counselors and district support personnel will be available for those who are struggling with grief following his passing. We ask that you keep Dallas’ loved ones, classmates, and our district in your thoughts as we mourn his loss.
There will be a candlelight vigil Oct. 3 from 8 to 10 p.m. at the West Park Skateboard Park, Schroyer Avenue SW and 9th Street SW.