Memorial Service Set for Skateboarding Teen Fatally Struck in Yorba Linda

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Family members and friends plan to remember Logan Wells at a memorial service Saturday morning in Yorba Linda, where the 16-year-old was struck and killed last weekend by an SUV.

Many are expected to honor Wells by gathering at 6:45 a.m. at the intersection of Bastanchury Road and Secretariat Way (map), near the site of the fatal collision, then proceed on their skateboards to Friends Church at 5211 Lakeview Avenue, said Alexander Guibert, a friend of Wells. The service at the church is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

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Logan Wells, 16, was often seen on his skateboard, friends said.

Authorities are aware of plans for the procession, and deputies will provide traffic control as needed, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.

Wells was hit by a Kia Sorrento during the early morning hours of March 23.

The driver of the vehicle, a 61-year-old man, stopped and called 911, said Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Wells was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he later died.

A preliminary investigation by the Sheriff’s Department’s Major Accident Reconstruction Team “indicated that alcohol on the part of the driver was not suspected,” Hallock said.

The driver was not cited or arrested.

Hours after the crash, friends and loved ones used flowers, candles and skateboards to erect a makeshift memorial near the scene of the accident. They also wrote memorial inscriptions on the sidewalk in multicolored chalk.

Wells’ classmates remembered him on Monday by wearing bucket hats and Hawaiian shirts — two staples of his wardrobe — at El Dorado High School in Placentia.

On the website change.org, friends launched a petition asking the Yorba Linda City Council to build a skate park in Wells’ honor. The petition had received more than 15,00 signatures on Friday.

Supporters were promoting the effort on Twitter by using the hashtag #skatepark4logan.