OB ‘hot-boarding’ skateboarder in critical condition

by on April 1, 2011 · 12 comments

in Life Events, Ocean Beach, Popular

4900 block of West Point Loma Blvd - where accident occurred.

By SignOnSanDiego / April 1, 2011

A skateboarder who held on to a speeding car in Ocean Beach early today was critically injured when he let go and rode into the path of an oncoming pickup, police said.

Two men in their late 20s were hot boarding” in the 4900 block of West Point Loma Boulevard about 2:30 a.m. when the accident happened, according to San Diego police Officer David Stafford.

One of the men let go and landed on the side of the road with minor abrasions, while the other let go and rode into the path of a 1999 Chevy pickup, Stafford said.

The second skateboarder struck the front of the truck and sustained significant head trauma, for which he was taken to a local trauma center in critical condition, according to Stafford.

The driver who apparently was towing the skateboarders continued on, he said.

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avatar Debbie April 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Dumb and Dumber!


avatar aGGona April 3, 2011 at 9:13 am

I wonder who’s getting the insurance bill? Yikes! Does anyone know if the man still alive or if they found the driver (puller)?


avatar Goatskull April 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Stupid is as stupid does, but let’s face it. All of us were young and dumb and have done equally stupid things like this at least once in our lives.


avatar Sarah April 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Not me. Young and dumb, yes. Young and THAT dumb? Nope.

Welcome to Darwin’s Playground


avatar Goatskull April 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I mean this in all due respect Ms. Sarah, but if you can honestly say you’ve never in your life time done anything stupid enough to possible get your self killed or seriously hurt, I would say you’re in the minority, but then again maybe it’s a guy thing. The smart people who do stupid things learn from that and hopefully don’t make the same mistake again. I used to shoot between the pilings while surfing the OB pier. One day it didn’t work out so well. A brand new 500 dollarRobert August board (this was the late 90’s) smashed up, a boxing match between my skull and the pier piling (the piling won), nearly drowned but saved by a good samaritan (a short boarder even), I could have died, and I was in my mid 30’s at the time.


avatar Sarah April 4, 2011 at 8:27 pm

With all due respect back at you, Mr. Goat,

If you are seriously comparing being pulled behind a car whilst riding a skateboard at bar closing time on a busy public road during Spring Break with shooting the pilings beneath the pier I’m thinking you may have lost that boxing match with the piling.

Not only did the skateboarder have to deal with all the risks of going that speed over asphalt on a contraption that is not likely to have been intended for anything like that, he also had to deal with another skateboarder next to him, a driver of a car who may or may not have been sane/capable/sober, road hazards and any number of unknown drivers in unknown mental states.

Don’t get me wrong. I am all for extreme sports and risky adventures. I’ve thrived on them all my life and no, I’ve not always erred on the side of caution. I have not ever done anything that was that far weighed to the “Jackass” side of the line.

Though I wish him the best and I hope he recovers fully and goes on to live a happy and fulfilled life, that was called a natural and logical consequence.


avatar Goatskull April 5, 2011 at 5:38 am

” I’m thinking you may have lost that boxing match with the piling.”

I DID lose that one. Maybe that’s a bad comparison.


avatar Seth April 4, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I agree, Goat. Really sad that he could lose his life over such a silly thing. My best wishes to him, his family and friends.


avatar OB Dude April 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm

There is such a thing called personal responsibility. The decisions and choices we make in life all have an outcome. Dumb or careless decisions/actions don’t usually bring happy endings. I wonder if this person feels like may he made the wrong choice that night and if he had to do it all over again would he have held onto a speeding car while riding his skateboard in the middle of the night. If I had to guess, this guy in his 20’s knew better but just think tragedy would find him. Just looking at this video you know it’s not a safe or smart thing to do


avatar Goatskull April 4, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Oh I’m sure he has a different outlook now.


avatar Sunshine April 6, 2011 at 8:06 am

any news as to how the people involved are doing? I would think the driver of the truck is experiencing some serious grief or other discord. and from a parents perspective, thinking of a 20 year old (a kid, really) in critical condition is heart wrenching. I appreciated the link, ob dude. I’m not one to watch the news (don’t even own a tv) yet this coverage of a very tragic accident, regardless of who was at fault, was worth watching.


avatar Frank Gormlie April 6, 2011 at 8:32 am

Sunshine, calling all citizen-journalists, wherever you are! Perhaps you could do some follow-up, call around…. let us know if you find anything.


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