OAKLAND (KTVU) - A 16-year-old boy who died in a tree-climbing accident near Oakland’s Lake Merritt Friday evening has been identified as Jack Lewis.
Lewis and several other teenagers were climbing a tree near Children’s Fairyland, when a large limb broke, knocking Lewis to the ground, according to police.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lewis was celebrating a birthday with family and friends when the accident happened.
He was a junior at Oakland Technical High School and a member of his school’s crew team.
His friends describe him as a positive and outgoing person.
“He was hilarious and always went out of his way to say hi to everybody. He was a good kid,” said his friend Lucy Flattery-Vickness.
Oakland Tech’s principal Staci Ross-Morrison said students and teachers at the school were heartbroken to hear about his death.
“He's going to be missed. This is a very sad situation for our students to deal with,” said Ross-Morrison.
Grief counselors will be available at the school Monday morning.