A high school football player in rural Colorado passed away after he fell off the roof of a car in a Walmart parking lot in a “car surfing” accident.
As reported by the Rifle Citizen Telegram, among other sources, Rifle senior Kyle Scholla succumbed to injuries suffered when he fell from the roof of a friend’s car in a Walmart parking lot in an accident suffered when the pair were “car surfing.” The incident has been investigated as an accident, though charges could eventually follow related to early claims of reckless driving against Scholla’s 17-year-old friend behind the wheel.
The Rifle community has rallied around the Scholla family since the tragedy, with coaches, friends, teachers and classmates all equally happy to share their warm memories of the late teen.
“He was incredibly selfless and I don’t know that there are too many other people like Kyle in the sense that he had a pretty singular determination for other people to experience success,” Rifle head coach Damon Wells told the Citizen Telegram.
Added Tiffany Brinkman, a teacher and the coach of the school’s drama club: “He just he walked to the beat of his own drum and he didn’t care. He didn’t care what anybody else thought or said.”
The Scholla family offered up its own thanks via the Rifle football program’s Facebook page, concluding with a fitting coda:
“You never know how long the journey of life will be.”