Rider High School Student Dies from Injuries

Rider High School students gathered tonight for a vigil and goodbye tribute to a classmate who died this afternoon from serious injuries suffered while riding on the back of a minivan.

Police say yesterday evening... around 6:30 ... 16 year old Casey Garza and another teen had their feet on the bumper of the van... and were holding onto the luggage rack.

The rack broke... and both boys fell onto the ground as the van driver turned west onto Sabota Avenue from Allendale Road.

The other boy suffered minor injuries.... but Garza suffered critical injuries and was taken off life support around 1:15 this afternoon.

Tonight, Garza's friends and classmates, talked about what he had hoped to accomplish after high school--- becoming a marine.

Police say the driver of the van is a minor.

The names of driver and the other teen injured are not being released at this time.

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