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Jarod Maxwell

Student killed skateboarding to school

Encore High teen hit by passing car

Staff Writer

BALDY MESA • A sophomore at Encore High School in Hesperia was hit by a car and killed while skateboarding to class along Baldy Mesa Road early Thursday morning, according to California Highway Patrol officials.

Jarod Maxwell, 14, was stuck by a driver in a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse as he was riding his skateboard north in the northbound lane at around 6 a.m.

Maxwell, who was not wearing a helmet, was knocked off his skateboard and sustained major injuries from the collision. The Oak Hills teen was transported to Desert Valley Hospital, where he died at 7:38 a.m.

“He was a wonderful and loving brother to my girls,” Stacy Maxwell wrote on a Facebook memorial page. “Always ready with a smile and hug. Far too young to be called home, for all too many need him here.”

The driver, an Oak Hills woman who was also headed north in the 7800 block of Baldy Mesa Road, was unable to see Maxwell because of a dip in the road, according to a press release from the CHP. There is a small downward slope in the roadway there, the CHP reports, and as the driver crested the top of the hill and started down into the valley, she was not able to see the teen.

Sher Stambaugh Burns wrote on the Daily Press website that she knew the driver and that she was a cautious, loving mother herself taking her own children to the bus stop.

“The area where it happened, combined with it being somewhat dark out, created a truly tragic outcome,” Burns wrote.

Denise Griffin, campus dean at Encore High, said counselors from schools all over the High Desert are on hand for students affected by Maxwell’s death.

A “Rest in Peace, Jarod Maxwell” page on Facebook had garnered over 1,300 “likes” as of Thursday evening, with family, friends and peers sharing their grief.

“Jarod Maxwell was a truly wonderful human being,” Sean Lewis wrote on the page. “Whether you were having the most terrible day imaginable, or a great day, Jarod was able to make it a greater and memorable day. There was no hate, no resentment in his eyes. He will be missed forever and I will carry what he taught me for the rest of my own life: to take chances, express yourself and be spontaneous. May you rest in peace, Jarod.”

The accident is being investigated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team. The CHP said no alcohol or drugs are suspected in this collision.


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