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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.



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]


New York Skater Dies Towing

by The Editors on September 26, 2013

Eighteen-year-old skateboarder Alexander Ciszerski died today (Thursday, September 26, 2013) in Queens, New York after the 2005 GMC box truck he was towing along side ran over him after he fell, according to a story in the New York Post.

Ciszewski . . . rode his skateboard up to a white 2005 GMC box truck around 11 a.m. and grabbed the passenger side of door as the vehicle headed east on 47th Avenue near 33rd Street in Sunnyside, cops said. . . Suddenly, Ciszewski lost control and fell under the back wheels of the truck, police sources said.

Anyone who has grabbed on to a car while skateboarding knows how quickly things can go wrong (click here for more examples). Our thoughts are with Ciszerski’s family and friends.

[Link: NY Post]


North Carolina Skateboarder Dies Towing

by The Editors on June 19, 2012

King JonahJonah King, a 16-year-old longboarder from Rowan County, North Carolina died from head injuries sustained after skateboard towing, according to a story on

King was riding his longboard, which is a bigger version of a skateboard, on Timberlane Trail in Salisbury when he fell and hit his head. . . Police said he was being pulled behind a car when he fell. Investigators said King was doing what is known as “towing” or “skidding,” which is when a skateboarder grabs the side of a vehicle and is towed up hills.

King was not wearing a helmet and had, earlier in the evening, been caught on tape illegally buying beer at a mini market. Authorities are awaiting toxicology results. Our thoughts are with King’s family and friends.

[Link: WSOTV]


Austrailian Skateboarder Dead After Towing

by The Editors on January 17, 2012

663425-LachlanLachlan Burgess, a 17-year-old Australian skateboarder is now dead after falling while skateboard towing behind his friend’s car in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales on Monday, January 16, 2012, according to a story on

Police said Lachy fell from his skateboard about halfway down Plunkett Drive, impacting heavily with the road. He suffered major head injuries and sadly died at the scene.

According to The Border Mail several of Burgess’ friends phone were confiscated by police because the crash may have been caught on video. Burgess’ friend who was driving the car has been charged with “manslaughter and dangerous driving occasioning death.” Another sad reminder.

[Link: and Border Mail]


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]


Austin Skateboarder Dies While Towing

by The Editors on March 7, 2011

An 18-year-old skateboarder from West Travis County, Texas died Saturday afternoon (March 5, 2011) after he fell while skateboard towing, according to a story on

A spokesman with the sheriff’s office says the incident happened shortly after 1:30 p.m. in the 4900 block of Cypress Ranch Boulevard. Investigators say the teen was holding onto the back of a truck while riding his skateboard uphill when he somehow lost control and fell.

The skateboarder was flown to University Medical Center Brackenridge where he was pronounced dead. Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends.



Man Pleads Guilty In Skate Towing Death

by The Editors on December 17, 2010

Joseph Cormier, 41, pleaded guilty to careless driving this morning (December 17, 2010) for the April 6, 2010 skateboard towing death of his friend Norman Swyer, 28, of Beamsville, Ontario. Canada according to a story in The Standard.

Court heard Swyer asked for a tow on his skateboard behind Cormier’s car on a rural Beamsville road. Cormier agreed and pulled him for about 200 metres, when Swyer lost control and fell, striking his head on the pavement. He died of serious head injuries four days later in a Hamilton hospital.

Cormier will be on probation and banned from driving for six month, according to the story. He’ll also have to pay a $1,000 fine. But we’re guessing the worst punishment of all is knowing the part he played in his friend’s death.

[Link: The Standard]


Trial Begins For Driver In Towing Death

by The Editors on December 15, 2010

The driver of the car which towed skateboarder Willy Tracy, 17, to his death in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 12, 2010, went on trial this morning and is charged with “criminal negligence,” according to a story The News.

“On June 12, 2010, a person – Willy Tracy – was on a skateboard and he grabbed onto a motor vehicle, a Rav Four, on Willow Street, New Glasgow,” Pink said, adding that the car was being driven by his client. . . “Mr. Tracy fell while he had a hold of the Rav Four, and suffered multiple injuries which resulted in his death.”

Skateboard towing sucks for everyone involved.

[Link: The News]