sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but my friend rev.monkey, Alfred W, has passed away this morning, around 10 am est.
Yesterday, June 24th, he was going home from Markham Centennial Skatepark, riding a new bmx (brakeless), and he was riding in the parking lot of Markville Mall across the street when a car backed into him, after which he fell on the back of his head, around 3-4pm on Sunday, June 24th, his 18th birthday.
He sustained severe head injuries and was put in a drug-induced coma for the following night. Doctors tried to open up his head to ease the swelling, but they weren't optimistic about the results in any case. Brain stem activity was about zero, according to doctors, and so the next morning he was taken off the drugs and he subsequently passed away.
He was a great influence to me, and pretty much got me into mountain biking, and drumming, I might add. A great, sometimes sarcastic friend, he was always great to be around and at the dirt jumps, he was pretty much known as "the mechanic". He was registered to go to Centennial College for Aviation Maintenance, and also knew his way around a bike as well - teaching many friends about how to do certain things. And he was in Air Cadets and met many people at summer camp... He just got his bmx, sold his old p2, and started to really have fun @ the skatepark with mike and co.
His funeral and viewing has not been set yet, but it will be sometime next week, after the long weekend. Could be the weekend after, but it could be a weekday, like tuesday or wednesday - more details will come as the dust settles.