SCITUATE, R.I. (WPRI) — Hundreds gathered on Matteson Road Monday night to honor the life of a 14-year-old who died in a dirt biking accident over the weekend.
Community members came together for a candlelit vigil in the same spot where Jared Carpenter died after he lost control of his dirt bike Saturday and hit a tree.
Scituate Police said Carpenter was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where he later died of his injuries.
Carpenter would have been a freshman in high school this fall.
Scituate Police and Potterville Fire blocked off Matteson Road Monday, as community members gathered in honor of Carpenter. Many who attended the vigil said they are still in disbelief over Carpenter’s death. According to members of the community, Carpenter loved football, lacrosse, basketball and riding dirt bikes.
Nearly a dozen people left the vigil together on their dirt bikes, passing the spot where they said their friend died “doing what he loved.”
Calling hours for Carpenter will be held Wednesday night in Coventry. There is also a GoFundMe set up for a memorial fund in Carpenter’s honor.
The Scituate School Department had grief counselors on hand Monday to help students, faculty and staff cope with the tragedy.
“He died doing what he loved.” 14-year-old Jared Carpenter was killed Saturday in a dirt biking accident in Scituate. Tonight, hundreds came out to remember the teen. More coming up on @FOXProvidence & @wpri12. pic.twitter.com/xy7JGSdkZ7— Caroline Goggin (@CarolineGoggin) July 17, 2018