HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Those who knew him said Reid Krucky loved to ride skateboards and snowboards. He was good at it.
"Being one of the last persons that saw him was kind of hard on me," Sierra Bassett said.
The teenager grew up in the house across from the Krucky's in Hawaii Kai, on the same street where the accident happened Wednesday. Police said Reid had grabbed onto a friend's moped, was towed about 30 yards, then fell off his skateboard and hit his head on the pavement. He died at the hospital.
"We knew him when he was little," Carolyn Ohashi said.
From her home she often would Reid and his older brother, Kyle, playing ball in their driveway.
"I know they were very close. Kyle will miss him terribly. We will miss watching them play basketball in front of their house," she said.
Reid was a sophomore at Kaiser High School. Last season he played some football for the junior varsity team. His coach Tim Seaman called Reid "a hard worker, respectful and polite, and a good kid to be around."
"Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family," he said.
"He was really outgoing and exciting and loud," Bassett said. "He taught me how to play basketball."
The medical examiner said Reid died from a head injury. It classified his death as an accident. He wasn't wearing a helmet.
As medical director of the Brain Injury Program at Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, Dr. Kent Yamamoto has helped young people who suffered head injuries from falling off a skateboard.
"We're actually seeing more severe brain injuries in patients who get brain injuries from skateboard accidents, because they're not wearing a helmet," he said.
The State Department of Health said every year 450 teenagers and children in Hawaii are treated in hospitals from skateboard falls.
Yamamoto read about the accident in the newspaper.
"It's always hard to hear about those stories," he said.
Grief counselors were at Kaiser High on Thursday, helping students deal with Reid's death.
"As a parent, to have a child pass away before you, it's the worst thing," Ohashi said.
"He was a good neighbor," Bassett said.
Reid Krucky was just sixteen years old.
To learn more about helmets and skateboard injuries go to ThinkFirst.org.