Fairfax Teen Electrocuted While Cutting Down Tree

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    Gregory Malsam, 17, was electrocuted while trimming a neighbor's tree. (Published Wednesday, Aug 25, 2010)

    A northern Virginia teen was electrocuted while trying to cut down a tree Tuesday evening.

    The 17-year-old boy was cutting a tree down at a home in the 4200 block of Berritt Street when apparently a branch he was holding touched a 19,000-volt line, officials said.

    He was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived, but he died at a hospital a short time later.

    The teen's name has not been released. A neighbor said he had completed his junior year at Fairfax High School and had three brothers, the Associated Press reported.