OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The Alameda County coroner’s bureau has identified the 16-year-old boy who died in an accident involving a tree near Lake Merritt Friday evening as Jack Lewis, of Oakland.

Police and firefighters were called to the vicinity of Grand Avenue and Harrison Street just before 6 p.m. Friday on report that a tree
limb had broken while several minors were climbing, knocking Lewis to the ground.

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He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police, and the death is being investigated as an accident.

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“Yesterday’s tragic accident was a heartbreaking loss for our city, but most especially for the family and friends of the young man who was fatally injured in an accident involving a tree at Lake Merritt,” Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement Saturday.

“I join with Oaklanders across our city in expressing my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of this young man who was taken too soon,” Schaaf said.

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