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.
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.