N. Carolina teen charged in death of boy who fell from truck

August 23, 2019 - 4:31 am

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A high school football player in North Carolina has been charged in the death of a teammate who fell from the back of a pickup truck and hit his head.

News outlets report the 17-year-old Mooresville High School senior is charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle. Authorities didn't immediately release his identity. Officials say 15-year-old Gavin Sharpe fell from the truck this month while working on a service project at the school's football stadium.

Mooresville police declined to say if the vehicle was moving. Sharpe died from his injuries days later.

Police are investigating. Sharpe's Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader, Doug Sheley, says two other teens also fell off the truck. It's unclear if they were injured or whether anyone else in the truck faces charges in Sharpe's death.

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