Teen Dies From Pickup Truck Fall

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    Ryan Richards, 17, died in a fatal fall. He played high school baseball.

    Authorities want to know what led to death of a popular high schooler.

    Police continue to investigate the death of a popular Pennsylvania high school football player who died when he fell out of the bed of a moving pickup truck and hit his head.

    Allegheny County police have yet to release the names of four other people in the cab of the truck or three others who were sitting down in the bed when 17-year-old Ryan Richards, of Tarentum, was thrown from the truck while standing in its bed about 11 p.m. Friday.

    Richards played baseball and football for Highlands High School in Harrison Township, about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

    Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt says there's no indication drugs or alcohol were involved.

    Moffatt says Richards lost his footing and was the only one standing in the bed of the truck when it turned.

    Hundreds of people gathered sunday night fo a vigil for the boy who would have been a senior this year.

    “He was my baby brother. There was eight years in between us, but it never felt that way. We always felt the same,” brother Daniel Richards said, according to WPXI.

     


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