A community continued to cope with the death of a teenager on Monday.
Heavy hearts gathered as a family was left reeling from the sudden death of a beloved son as classmates tried to make sense of a death caused by “car surfing.”
According to Chillicothe police, Jacob Wolfe, 16, was riding on the hood of a car driven by an 18-year-old in the parking lot of a Walmart store, located on River Trace Lane.
Police said that when the driver hit the brakes, Wolfe was ejected and suffered severe head trauma shortly after 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
10TV News just obtained surveillance video from the parking lot where Wolfe sustained a fatal head injury.
The video shows two teens jumping onto the top of the car. One of the boys slides off the car almost immediately, but Wolfe stays on until the driver of the car hits the brakes.
Wolfe slides off the car and hits his head, which is not shown on the video.
Wolfe was taken to Adena Medical Center in Chillicothe and then was taken via helicopter to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, where he died.
Students gathered in the parking lot of the church the teenager attended Monday night. Heavy hearts joined in a moment when no answer felt big enough to ease the pain.
“We just have to realize how special time is,” friend Mike Klinedinst said. “This really opened my eyes that I need to cherish every moment.”
A tragic and sudden end to a young life, that won’t soon part from the minds of those who loved him.
“He was doing something he shouldn't have done but it was freak accident,” friend Samantha Mccray said. “I just home that kids realize freak accidents do happen but you have to be careful of what you do and live life to the fullest, but carefully.”
Police were still investigating the crash. No charges have been filed. The funeral for Jacob Wolfe will be held on Thursday
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