An investigation was under way Wednesday into the death of an El Modena High School student following a campus golf cart crash.
The student, whose name was not released, crashed in a golf cart on campus about 10 a.m. Monday, said Sgt. Phil McMullin of the Orange Police Department.
The teen was taken to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, McMullin said.
Orange Unified School District confirmed the student “was involved in a crash of a district golf cart on campus.”
“No other students were involved in the accident,” according to the district. “We were devastated to learn that he died from those injuries in the hospital. A letter was sent to families of El Modena High School alerting them to this heartbreaking incident. We take student safety very seriously and maintain appropriate supervision when students are on campus. At the time of the incident, the student was supervised by a one-to-one aide who attempted to stop him from operating the golf cart. We are cooperating with law enforcement to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the accident.”
In a letter to families from the superintendent’s office, officials said, “Words are insufficient to describe the pain our students and staff are now feeling… Our top priority as a district has always been to ensure the safety, health and well-being of those we are privileged to serve. More than anything, we owe it to our students to provide them with safe and supportive campuses that cultivate learning. This tragic accident has devastated our community, and we continue to gather the facts. We will work closely with our law enforcement partners as they complete their investigation into the circumstances of this accident.”
The district has provided a “team of school psychologists” to help anyone in the community who needs it, officials said.
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