BRAMPTON, Ont. — Friends of a 19-year-old who died late Wednesday after car surfing in a school parking lot described him as “carefree.”
Royal Virk fell off the trunk of a 1998 Honda Civic Tuesday afternoon while a 16-year-old friend was driving the car near Louise Arbour Secondary School.
He was taken to hospital in critical condition with head injuries, but died just before 11 p.m. Wednesday.
“I don’t know how the situation got out of hand,” said Habib Najmi, 17, one of Virk’s friends. “I’ve never heard of car surfing. He was a very funny guy, used to tell a lot of jokes. We’d chill over here, sometimes have a smoke and have a good time.”
Najmi said Virk graduated last year. His family came from India to Canada a few years ago, and to his knowledge, Virk was an only child. He was of Punjabi descent.
“Everyone has faults and makes mistakes, but he was a good friend and he was always having fun,” Najmi said.
The flag at Louise Arbour hung at half-mast on Thursday.
The 16-year-old driver, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm, and dangerous driving. Peel Regional Police said charges are expected to be upgraded pending a meeting with the Crown attorney’s office.
An autopsy for Virk is scheduled for Thursday.