- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a teen who was hit by a minivan while playing a game with friends has died.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office says 16-year-old J.C. Meardon and two others were standing in a road Monday night in southwest Iowa City when they two of the boys were hit. Investigators say the boys were playing a game called “hostage,” in which participants are blindfolded and dropped in a random area. They then call friends, describing their surroundings, asking for a ride.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (https://icp-c.com/29SUV8a ) that the boys thought the van was a friend coming to pick them up.

Meardon died at a hospital early Wednesday morning. The other teen hit was not seriously injured.

Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek said the van’s driver was cited for not having a valid driver’s license.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, https://www.press-citizen.com/


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