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High school student dies in freak accident during horseplay

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -

A standout quarterback for a valley high school was killed in an accident over the weekend. Surprise Police say it appears the boy and his friends were playing a game of "fugitive."

That's when one vehicle basically chases another -- and the goal is to get from the school to a designated location, without being caught.

But now the boy's friends and family are grieving their loss.

What happened can only be described as a terrible and tragic accident -- proof that a simple game can claim anyone as a victim, even a kid with a bright future ahead of him.

"He's in a better place now, he's one of God's angels and he needs to shine up there, he's on God's team now," says 15-year-old Jordan Jefferson.

Jefferson wrote her message on the sidewalk next to dozens of others. All prayers for Andrew Arellanes, number 10 on the Valley Vista High football team.

"He's just super outgoing, very good at football, he was the smile everyone that came into the room," says friend Kayla Shaffer.

Saturday night around 10:30, Surprise Police were called to the intersection of 146th Drive and Port Royale Lane. Officers discovered the 17-year old had fallen from the bed of a moving pickup truck.

"I pulled up right here as they were working on him and I've seen a lot of accidents in my life, I knew when they were working on him like that that he was gone," says witness Montez Jefferson.

Montez Jefferson is among the parents who confirmed the group of teens was playing a game of "fugitive." Some said it was their first time.

Amy Owens' daughter was in the cab of the truck Andrew fell out of.

"This accident was a huge wake up for kids to realize that they are not invincible and us as parents need to realize more what our kids are out doing," says Amy Owens.

No one who knew him ever imagined Andrew's life would be cut short. His friends only hope others learn from this tragedy.

"You should never take anything for granted because anything could happen," says Schaffer.

Some of the parents we spoke to said students made a pact in school to never play the game fugitive again.

We know a 16-year-old was driving the pickup Andrew was in. Surprise Police say the incident remains under investigation and have not commented on whether charges could be filed,


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