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Friends mourn teen killed in ‘car surfing’ incident in Brampton

Police have identified the teen who died after falling from a vehicle while “car surfing” in Brampton on Tuesday.

Peel police said Royal Virk, 19, of Brampton, died in hospital on Wednesday.

He was riding on the trunk of a Honda Civic in a parking lot in the Father Tobin and Bramalea roads area around 2 p.m., when he fell and hit his head.

He was taken to a Brampton hospital and then transferred to a trauma centre in Toronto, where he passed away.

Friends were shaken by the death.

“It was kind of emotional to see one of your friends…on the ground like that. Everyone’s crying at school. Non-stop crying,” said friend Sameer.

Virk was a former student at Louise Arbour Secondary School in Brampton and still has numerous friends there. Flags at the school were at half-mast Thursday.

“He was a good guy.  Every time I would see him he would make me laugh,” said friend, Roy. He didn’t deserve to lose his life.”

Police charged the 16-year-old driver with criminal negligence cause bodily harm and dangerous driving cause bodily harm. Those charges are expected to be upgraded dangerous driving causing death.

Last year a teen suffered permanent brain damage after a similar incident in the parking lot at Square One Mall in Mississauga. In that case, his 19-year-old friend pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.