It’s a heartbreaking story that highlights both the fragility of life and how quickly circumstances can change: Gerin Hagen, 18, was fatally struck last night while riding his skateboard in Long Beach. According to reports, Hagan was crossing an intersection when he was struck by a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.
Witnesses claimed to have heard the sound of screeching tires as well as an impact that shook the ground; only a moment later they realized what had happened and rushed to help.
Unfortunately, despite the efforts of bystanders and emergency crews who arrived shortly afterwards, nothing else could be done for Guerin – he died at the scene due to fatal injuries sustained in the collision.
Friday was a sad day for the Long Beach community as they began to offer tributes and prayers for Guerin Hagen and his family following the news of his untimely death.
Widely known for his impressive skill set on the lacrosse field, Hagan was no less of a star when it came to playing hockey – in various leagues, including the Long Island Gulls Amateur Hockey Association, the Long Beach Lightning travel hockey program and the Long Beach High School varsity hockey team.
Such was his reputation at the Long Beach Ice Arena that he was considered a fixture there in recent years. In light of this tragedy, Superintendent Jennifer Gallagher sent a letter to parents announcing Hagan’s death, conveying her heartache as an official leader and parent.
It is important that everyone be careful while skateboarding and always wear a helmet. Guerin’s story is a tragedy and our hearts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time. We hope everyone takes care while skateboarding and remembers to always wear protective gear.
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