TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Authorities said a Sierra Vista teenager died after car surfing on the roof of an SUV early Monday, June 24.
The Sierra Vista Police Department said it happened around midnight in the area of Avenida Escuela and Blackbird Drive.
The SVPD said the teen boy suffered serious head trauma and died at a local hospital. A second teen, the driver of the SUV, stayed on the scene.
Family and friends gathered to remember the teen Monday night. Posters with photos and the name, Mario Lopez, with messages were hung at Veterans Memorial Park in Sierra Vista.
A Buena High School teacher said Lopez was his student. A man who spoke at the vigil said he met Mario while coaching at Buena.
“Lot of talent, future was bright," the man said. “Do not take life for granted, it’s precious.”
At this time in the investigation, police said it does not appear that either party involved in the incident was under the influence of alcohol or any other known intoxicants.