Teen charged in connection with fatal Arlington skateboarding incident

WASHINGTON – A skateboard accident that killed an Arlington teenager has now led to serious charges against another teenager.

John Malvar, 18, a student at Washington-Lee High School, had been “skitching,” or holding onto the driver’s side window of a car while riding his skateboard, along Arlington’s South Highland Street June 4.

He lost his balance and fell off the skateboard, hitting his head in the process. He was rushed to George Washington University Hospital, where he died.

Now, the 17-year-old driver of that car, whose name has not been released, has been charged with reckless driving. His trial has been set for Aug. 8 and he will be tried as a juvenile.

Students at Washington-Lee held a candlelight vigil for Malvar the day after he died.

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