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John Malvar death: 17-year-old charged with reckless driving

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The driver of the car that was involved in the skateboard crash that killed a 17-year-old Washington-Lee High School student has been charged with reckless driving, officials say.

Malvar, 18, was killed in the June 4 crash. (Family photo)

The unidentified teenager was behind the wheel of a car that was dragging John Malvar, an 18-year-old student, down South Highland Street on June 4. Malvar somehow lost his balance and fell, hitting his head on the road.

Malvar died from his injuries a short time later at George Washington University Hospital. Malvar and the driver were allegedly participating in an activity called "skitching," which involves a skateboarder holding on to the back of a car while it drives.

The suspect, who is being charged as a juvenile, was released to the custody of a parent. He'll be back in court on Aug. 8 for a trial.

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