A Colorado Springs teenager died Wednesday, a day after falling from the trunk of a moving car. Terence L. Henderson, 17, died just before 8 a.m. at Memorial Hospital, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Tuesday afternoon, he was riding on the trunk of a Cadillac driven by his friend, Jonathan R. Price, 17, also of Colorado Springs. According to the State Patrol, Price swerved back and forth to shake Henderson off the car. He fell to the asphalt and tumbled several times. He suffered severe head injuries and was unconscious when emergency officials arrived. They were in the 2900 bock of Walton Creek Drive, a residential area. The State Patrol said Price was going close to the 30 mph speed limit. Investigators said Price was not trying to hurt Henderson. Trooper Pat Serrant said Price will face charges. An accident reconstruction team was to begin work today, and the results of the investigation will be given to the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Henderson would have been a senior next year at Sand Creek High School, principal Lois Bay said. Although school is not in session, grief counselors will be available there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Friday, Monday and Tuesday. “He was really well-liked,” Bay said. “He was a fun-loving kid and a neat kid. People are going to miss him a lot.” He was the third Colorado teen in the past year to die while car surfing. Sarah Reynolds, 16, of Woodland Park died June 14, 2004, five days after she fell from the top of a station wagon when the car went around a curve on Rampart Range Road. The driver, Lee Digiglia, 19, pleaded guilty in May to driving while ability impaired and careless driving causing a death or injury. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail. In Fort Collins, 17-year-old Shailynne Manning died after falling from the top of a car Sept. 6. The driver, Karen Buckley of Cheyenne, Wyo., pleaded guilty this month to vehicular homicide and was sentenced to two years in a juvenile detention center.