Pleasant Grove high school student dies from accident on motor scooter 01

Colby Gruel, 17, suffered critical injuries after a tragic accident involving a motorized scooter and passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2019.

A high school student died during the weekend after a tragic crash involving a motorized scooter, police and school officials reported on Tuesday.

Colby Gruel, 17, suffered critical injuries after crashing a motorized scooter on Friday at a church parking lot near 350 N. 900 East in Provo.

The incident happened around 10 p.m. while other people were at the parking lot, said Nisha King with the Provo Police Department.

No other vehicles were involved. The teenager was transported to a local hospital and died the following evening.

School officials confirmed Gruel was a junior at Pleasant Grove High School.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” said Principal Steve Stewart in a statement emailed to parents. “We will have our wonderful PGHS counselors and members of our district crisis team available to meet with students as needed.”

Other community members posted condolences on Facebook expressing love and thoughts for the family.

“I have no words and can’t imagine the pain they are feeling. Just know that an old friend is thinking and praying for you and your family,” one person posted.

“I am so sorry for your devastating loss. I can’t even fathom what it feels like going through this. My heart literally aches for you and your family. I’m so sorry,” another wrote.

“My heart is breaking for his entire family and especially his mom,” posted a family friend. “Because no words will ever suffice ... sending all my love and prayers for God’s comfort and strength. Rest In Peace, Colby. You brought such joy and light to this world!”

A Facebook group created for the teenager stated funeral services are planned for Saturday, June 1 at a church building at 1541 N. 1300 West in Pleasant Grove.

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