It was a sad day in Indio as Shaun Clark Jr., a 19-year-old senior from Shadow Hills High, died after being struck by a Jeep.
Clark was apparently skateboarding with his friends when he lost control of his board and tried to chase after it right into the path of a westbound black Jeep Wrangler.
It was on Avenue 43 west of Calhoun Street and at about 11pm when the collision took place.
The teen was immediately taken to John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital and then later transferred to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
Ginger Clark, Clark’s mother, has released a statement through her Facebook account, saying it’s a tough time for the family but there was nothing that be done as it was an accident, albeit a truly horrible one. She also thanked those who offered prayers and condolences.
Marcus Wood, Shadow Hills principal, also expressed his sentiments about the death of Clark. “He was very upbeat, very outgoing and very positive,” Wood said. “This is going to be a huge loss.”
Clark was a very active student engaged in school sports like Tennis and soccer. Aside from that, he was also one of the “premier singers” at Shadow Hills, and recently performed with an honors choir in Pasadena.
The authorities said that the driver of the Jeep Wrangler was cooperative with police investigation and that alcohol and speed did not appear to be a factor on the driver’s part.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shaun Clark Jr.’s family and friends.
We hope that this helps to server as a warning to stay safe while skateboarding.