SPARTA, NJ – Another sobering reminder that life can be fragile has occurred in a neighboring town.  On September 21, a Dover High School sophomore, Steven Gomez-Restrepo died after being hit by a car.

Sparta High School will be participating in an Orange Out to show support and raise funds for the family.

On September 13, the accident occurred on Route 46 after a Morris Knolls/Morris Hills football game at Morris Knolls High School. According to police the accident happened in Rockaway Borough at the intersection of Franklin Avenue.

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The teen had been treated at Morristown Medical Center where he had been placed into a medically induced coma, according to statements made by his mother at a vigil held for her son last Friday outside the hospital. 

According to a statement released by the Sparta School District, Gomez-Restrepo’s family said the 15-year-old was a dreamer with a vision.  “He enjoyed learning, visiting and envisioning.”

According to reports there were a number of witnesses to the accident including a Birchwood firefighter who ran to help the young man while waiting for paramedics.Gomez-Restrepo was a distance runner on the track and cross country teams, according to the team's twitter feed.

Orange ribbons will be sold at the school store and the media center for $1.  Additionally, the Sparta High School athletic department will be selling a student package of a tee shirt and a ticket to the game for $5, for the October 4 football game.  The pre-sale package will be available to students in the cafeteria during lunch on October 3 and 4. 

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Steven Gomez-Restrepo family.