Orange County students and friends of a teenage skateboarder, who died after being struck by a van over the weekend, commemorated their comrade by returning to school Monday wearing his signature getup.
Logan Wells, a 16-year-old Yorba Linda resident, died Sunday morning hours after he was hit by a Kia Sorento while skateboarding near Bastanchury Road and Secretariat Way at about 5 a.m., Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said.
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The driver, a 61-year-old man, was interviewed and released with no charges filed, Hallock said. Though alcohol and speed were not factors of the crash, the cause remains under investigation.
"We are saddened by the tragic loss of El Dorado student Logan Wells," said Rosemary Gladden, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District spokeswoman.
Wells was a passionate skater and cinematographer enrolled at El Dorado High School, friends and school officials said.
"Logan was extremely well-liked and made many positive connections with students and staff across the school," Gladden added.
Wells was a fan of Hawaiian shirts and bucket hats, Gladden said. Students throughout the school mourned his death and broadcast the idea of wearing Hawaiian shirts to class over the weekend on social media.
Wells was so well-liked that scads of students throughout Orange County -- not just at El Dorado -- showed up Monday wearing Hawaiian shirts.
A makeshift memorial complete with candles, skateboards, shirts and hats was set up near the intersection of the collision.
Students also took to social media Monday to post pictures of Wells, as well as students decked out in his garb:
It's a sad day when we lose such an amazing human being. RIP Logan Willy Wells, love you bro❤️ pic.twitter.com/oiNx0EEBhy
— codeine (@Cody_Markham) March 23, 2014
You are in our hearts logan wells. pic.twitter.com/S5pgutgOpL
— myrnagillas (@myrnaaascats) March 24, 2014
— Caley Hampton (@caley_jhampton) March 24, 2014
— Mykaela Clemmer (@MykaelaClemmer) March 24, 2014
Wells was in his second year of advanced video production at El Dorado's Digital Media Arts Academy, Gladden said.
The OC Sheriff's Department's Major Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash, which might have occurred a few hundred yards west of Bastanchury Road near Secretariat Way (map) in lanes of traffic, Hallock said.