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Teen dies after hitting bridge atop tour bus

Zisette (second from the left) just completed his sophomore year at Mira Costa High School, where he played as a starter on the varsity tennis team.
Zisette (second from the left) just completed his sophomore year at Mira Costa High School, where he played as a starter on the varsity tennis team.
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Updated Monday 2:43 p.m.: The company that owns the double-decker bus a local teen was riding when his head struck a bridge said it is investigating the matter and extended its sympathies to the family. 

The teen, identified as 16-year-old Mason Zisette, was reportedly standing on the top deck of the bus last Thursday evening as it passed under a bridge on the 405 Freeway in Inglewood. He later died from his injuries.

KPCC received the following statement from Starline Tours:

Starline Tours, a locally owned family business for over 45 years, extends our sincere condolences and prayers to the families affected by the tragedy which occurred last Thursday night aboard one of our buses while operating a private charter. Safety is always our foremost concern with all our passengers. This incident is still being investigated and we are working with authorities concerning this matter. As soon as we have more information we will make it available.

Sunday: Authorities say a teenage boy who struck a bridge while standing on the top section of a double-decker tour bus has died.

The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that 16-year-old Mason Zisette was standing on the tour bus Thursday evening as it passed under a bridge on the 405 freeway in Inglewood.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office says Zisette died Saturday afternoon. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

Zisette was the son of former pro tennis player Matt Zisette. KPCC spoke with his tennis coach of two years, Joe Ciasulli. Not only was Zisette a great tennis player, "but more importantly than that, he was just a free spirit," said Ciasulli.

"[He was] a fun guy to be around, always laughing, always joking. I spent most of my time in practice trying to keep him focused on tennis rather than just being lively," said Ciasulli. 

Zisette just completed his sophomore year at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, where he played as a starter on the varsity tennis team, said Ciasulli. 

Mira Costa High School Vice Principal Deborah Hofreiter says counselors and psychologists will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

"They are available for any student whether or not they are in summer school," she wrote in an e-mail to KPCC. "If students are in summer school, their absence to meet with counselors will not be counted against them."

The California Highway Patrol says the Star Line Tours bus had about 45 passengers, and most were under 18 years old.

This story has been updated.