FLEMINGTON — The 15-year-old Hunterdon Central Regional High School football player who was hit by a car while riding an electric skateboard on Route 202 on Memorial Day has died of his injuries.
The school district superintendent sent a letter to parents informing them of the loss of the student, Jerry Walther.
“I am deeply saddened to inform you of the loss of one of our students. Jerry Walther, a ninth-grader at Hunterdon Central, has passed away after fighting bravely against injuries sustained in a tragic accident,” Superintendent Jeffrey Moore said.
Additional counseling support is in place for students at the school.
Walther was riding his electric skateboard around 2:20 a.m. at the intersection with Reaville Road when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a 61-year-old Bayonne resident who stayed at the crash scene, according to Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Capt. Paul Approvato.
The intersection is in a commercial and retail section near the Flemington traffic circle.
The teen was taken to Morristown Hospital via medical helicopter for treatment.
No charges have been filed in the case.
A GoFundMe page had been created by Theresa Apostolis to help the family with medical expenses and loss of wages.
On Thursday, Apostolis wrote: "Although right now I know it may feel exceedingly difficult to see beyond the sorrow, I ask that you embrace the enormous happiness that Jerry brought to our lives. He truly touched the entire world, and we are all better people because of it! "
A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: