Teen dies after falling from truck

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By Renee Sloan, Page Designer/Staff Writer

A 13-year-old boy died Monday, Aug. 5, when he fell from the back of a pickup driven by his best friend near Holden Beach.

John Paul Smith Jr. was riding in the bed of the truck, driven by 15-year-old Danny Parker Jr., when it happened at 1:43 p.m., N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper T.D. Wheeler said.

Parker was preparing to make right turn onto Red Bud Road from Oyster Lane in Supply, toward Holden Beach. Just as he began to make the turn, Smith stood up, lost his balance, fell from the truck and hit his head, Wheeler said.

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