The accident happened on the 300 block of S. Highland Street around 12:30 p.m. According to police, the teen was skateboarding down the street while hanging on to the side of a pickup truck, driven by a 17-year-old male student at an unknown rate of speed.
The skateboarder somehow lost balance and fell to the ground, hitting his head. He was not wearing a helmet. The fall caused “significant head trauma” and left a large pool of blood on the ground.
The victim was in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived on scene, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. Medics performed CPR, the teen regained a pulse, and he was rushed to George Washington University in critical condition, Sternbeck said. He has since been pronounced dead.
Charges — reckless driving, most likely — are pending against the 17-year-old driver, according to Sternbeck. The victim and the driver attend both Washington-Lee High School and the Arlington Career Center, according to Arlington Public Schools spokesman Frank Bellavia.
The 300 block of S. Highland Street is closed while crime scene investigators take photos and measurements of the accident scene. Detectives are also interviewing witnesses and canvasing the street to see if any video surveillance systems might have recorded the moments prior to the accident.