Friends, family remember skateboarder struck, killed by car in Chula Vista

Justin Hertzberg, 14, attended Hilltop High School

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Family members and friends gathered at a South Bay high school Thursday night to mourn the loss of a 14-year-old boy killed while riding his skateboard.

At about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said Hilltop High School student Justin Hertzberg was skating down a hill on Nacion Avenue in Chula Vista when he fell from his skateboard and into the road. He was then struck by a car, according to authorities.

For David Clark, it's a nightmare from which he cannot wake up. He was with Hertzberg the night of the incident.

"He was like my brother," Clark told 10News. "I got him into skating."

Clark detailed what happened after his friend was struck by the car.

"I don't know if he was breathing or not, but when I got back to his body, there was somebody pumping the life back into him," said Clark. "It was just too much; I couldn't believe it was happening."

Clark rushed to the hospital with Hertzberg's parents.

"His mom is going through the worst of anything right now. His mother … having to go into his room and go through his old belongings and his old clothes," Clark said.
Clark said he learned Hertzberg's family might not have enough money to bury him.

"If we don't get enough money, if we don't get enough support, Justin and his family won't be able to see him off the way he should be respected," he told 10News.

Clark was among the many students who turned out for an impromptu vigil for Hertzberg Thursday night at Hilltop High School.

Classmates have been dealing with the loss as news of Hertzberg's passing spread.

"I walked by myself to the library where they had the counseling staff, paid my respects and wrote a note to his family," said classmate Ziggy Carranza.

A vigil is set for Saturday at 6 p.m. at Hilltop High in hopes of helping Hertzberg's parents pay for his funeral.

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