- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A high school student who reportedly agreed to let another teen punch him to settle a party dispute hit his head on pavement as he fell backward and later died, the Snohomish County sheriff’s office said. The teen accused of delivering the blow has been ordered held for investigation of manslaughter.

The two 18-year-olds from Lake Stevens got into a fight early Sunday after a minor vehicle collision outside a party, the sheriff’s office said.

In court papers, detectives said a witness reported the two shook hands and smoked a cigarette together before the punch was thrown, the Daily Herald of Everett reported (http://is.gd/y4LBDg). Sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said the victim fell backward, hitting his head.

Autopsy results were not available Monday.

A judge set bail at $10,000 for Michael Galen and found probable cause Monday to hold him for investigation of second-degree manslaughter. The arrested teen’s father, also named Michael Galen, offered his condolences to the victim’s family and told reporters his son is “not a bad boy, not a bad kid.”

The victim was Jarom Thomas, the Granite Falls School District said. Both teens attended Crossroads High School in Granite Falls, officials said.

The confrontation reportedly followed a fender bender outside a party at a rural lake.

“After they finished their cigarette, (the victim) stood in front of Michael as a willing participant and let Michael punch him,” detectives alleged in court papers. The unconscious teen was later carried into a cabin. After efforts to wake him were unsuccessful, a friend drove him to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, where he died.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

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