Student dies of injuries from Sitka bicycle crash

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2003

SITKA (AP) A fifteen-year-old student at Mt. Edgecumbe High School died last weekend from injuries suffered a week earlier when he tried to ride his bicycle down a flight of metal stairs at the school, school officials say.

Mt. Edgecumbe principal Hal Spackman would not confirm the identity or the home village of the boy, or the nature of his injuries.

Spackman did say that the accident, which occurred on Sunday, April 20, was being investigated by both the high school and the Sitka police department. The boy was not wearing a helmet when he went down, according to police.

After the crash, emergency workers transported the student to Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, less than a hundred yards away, Spackman said. He was later taken to Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, where he died six days later.

The school brought in grief counselors to support the student body, Spackman said. Mt. Edgecumbe High School is the state-run boarding school in Sitka.

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