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16 Year Old Dies From Skateboard Towing

by The Editors on May 3, 2023

It’s been a while, but it seems skateboard towing deaths will never go away. The family of Liam McGuire, a 16-year-old skateboarder from Manlius, New York, won’t be the same after he hung on to the side of his best friend’s car and fell, hitting his head. He died four days later on Saturday, April 29, 2023.

Liam touched many people. Family and friends gathered Sunday at a vigil in the neighborhood to share stories about him. That’s where one woman shared how Liam spent hours teaching her to snowboard. . . Liam’s best friend was driving the car that Liam was holding on to when he fell. Liam’s family said the friend and his family stopped by the hospital several times.

Horrible reminder that skateboard towing rarely ends well. Don’t do it.



16-year-Old Dies Skateboard Towing

by The Editors on October 4, 2017

On Friday, September 29, 2017 Dallas Swogger, 16, of Canton, Ohio grabbed on to the side of a moving car while on his skateboard and unfortunately it ended as it so often does with skateboard towing, according to a story the Akron Beacon Journal.

Dallas, a freshman at the McKinley High School Downtown Campus, was trying to hold onto a car when he lost control of his skateboard and hit his head on the pavement.

He was taken to the hospital and four days later he died. Our thoughts are with Swogger’s family and friends.

[Link: Akron Beacon Journal]



15-Year-0ld Dies Skateboard Towing

by The Editors on April 10, 2017

These are the stories we hate. On April 7, 2017 at around 7:30 PM 15-year-old Sandro McIlroy of Manhattan Beach, California grabbed onto the side of a moving Jeep while riding a skateboard, according to as story on The car was rolling at about 10 MPH and as we’ve learned accidents while skateboard towing rarely ends well.

At some point, the boy lost control of the skateboard, which caused him to hit the outer rear tire of the Jeep. He then fell, hitting his head on the roadway. . . Police and emergency personnel arrived and took the teen to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Our thoughts are with McIlroy’s friends and family.



Canadian Skateboard Towing Death

by The Editors on September 19, 2011

A 24-year-old skateboarder from Lethbridge, Alberta died Friday, September 16, 2011, from injuries he sustained while towing on his skateboard behind a Toyota 4-Runner, according to a story in the Calgary Herald.

The SUV was traveling northbound on Red Crow Blvd. West when one skateboarder lost his grip and hit the pavement, after 7 p.m. . . “The safest thing that could’ve been done was not to grab onto the vehicle while riding a skateboard,” Ballman said. “I think there still would’ve been injuries or possibly worse, even if the individual had been wearing safety equipment. “

Happens all the time, but skateboarders just don’t seem to care.

[Link: Calgary Herald]


Driver Charged In Skateboard Towing Death

by The Editors on July 3, 2010

On June 12, 2010 a 17-year-old Nova Scotia skateboarder allegedly grabbed on to the side of Toyota RAV 4 towing along while another 17-year-old was behind the wheel. Now, nearly a month later one teen is dead (the skateboarder died on June 23, 2010 from serious head injuries) and another is charged with criminal negligence, according to a story on

“We know that the person that was on the skateboard was somehow clinging on to the vehicle and at some point in time an incident took place and the person on the skateboard must have fallen,” MacDonald said Friday.

After all this it is amazing to us that skateboarding videos still show skaters getting towed into things.

[Link: CBC.CA]


Dad In Jail For Son’s Skateboard Towing Death

by The Editors on May 19, 2009

Timothy W. Melvin, 39, of central Illinois has been sentenced to “60 days in jail and 18 months probation for running over his 12-year-old son while towing the boy on a skateboard,” according to a story in the Herald & Review.

Testifying at his sentencing hearing, Melvin said he did not realize when he entered his guilty plea that he was admitting he knew he was towing his son through Fairview Park as the boy hung on to a side window of his car. He said he believed the plea was for not requiring Zachary to wear a helmet as he skateboarded in the park.

Seems like the death of his son Zachary R. Melvin would be enough punishment, but Timothy’s seven prior convictions for various offenses would suggest that Melvin is not a quick learner.

[Link: Herald & Review via Chicago Tribune]

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Driver Sentenced In Skateboard Towing Death

by The Editors on September 19, 2008

M Image.11432118Fbd.93.88.Fa.D0.53Bc2D3FChristian Moothart, the 17 year old who was driving the car that Joseph Madison was skateboarding behind when he died, has been sentenced to 60 hours of community service on reckless endangerment charges.

. . . 16-year-old Joseph Madison (pictured) was “skitching,” hanging onto the car on his skateboard. The car driven by Moothart hit a dip in the road when Madison lost his grip, fell and hit his head on the pavement. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It sad on all side, but we’re glad Moothart didn’t have to go to jail.



Driver Guilty In Skateboard Towing Death

by The Editors on September 5, 2008

17395381 240X180Christian Mootheart, 17, was found guilty of reckless endangerment for driving the car that skateboarder Joseph Madison was towing behind when the 16 year old fell, hit his head, and died.

Madison was skitching down 29th Avenue in August 2007 holding onto the left-rear window frame of the car when he fell off the skateboard and his head hit the pavement, which caused his death. . . . Mootheart was driving the car that day. On Thursday, a judge found him guilty of reckless endangerment.

Mootheart could face up to 30 days in jail for the misdemeanor.

[Link: KPTV]


Skate Shop Owner Dies While Towing

by The Editors on January 13, 2016


We’ve strayed away from skateboard towing posts lately, but sadly it is still happening. Richard Oates, a 32-year-old father of two who opened East River Skate Shop last summer with his wife, died on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 after falling skateboarding while hanging on to the side of a truck, according to a story on The Gothamist.

Oates was riding his skateboard on Tuesday afternoon (January 12, 20160), gripping the passenger side of a green Mack truck as it drove west on Delancey, according to a preliminary NYPD investigation. Shortly after 1:15 p.m., Oates fell off of his skateboard and was run over by the truck’s rear passenger-side wheels. EMS responded to the corner of Norfolk Street and transported Oates to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Our thoughts are with Oates’ family, friends, and especially his wife Marrisa and their two young children.

[Link: Gothamist]


Skater Towed Into Vancouver Hospital

by The Editors on September 6, 2012

A 25-year-old who was waterskiing skateboard towing behind a white pick up truck on the Pacific Rim Highway on August 31, 2012 ended up in Vancouver General Hospital after suffering “serious head injuries,”, according to a story in the Westerly News.

The man was allegedly riding a skateboard while holding onto a rope attached to the back of a white pick up truck when he lost control and fell. . . The incident occurred between Ucluelet’s cemetery and Surf Junction Campground at about 7 p.m.

This is another reminder, don’t do dumb stuff.

[Link: Westerly News]