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.
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]
Jonah King, a 16-year-old longboarder from Rowan County, North Carolina died from head injuries sustained after skateboard towing, according to a story on WSOTV.com.
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.
Lachlan 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 News.com.au.
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: News.com.au and Border Mail]
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]
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 KXAN.com.
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.
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]
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]
So this 14-year-old kid from Suffolk, Virginia was towing behind a car on his skateboard and guess what happened? Can you believe this? He fell and his head hit the pavement. Now he’s in the hospital with serious head injuries, according to a story in the Suffolk News Herald.
George said in a press release that the teen sustained head injuries when his head hit the pavement as he fell from the skateboard. He was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. His condition was unavailable on Sunday night. . . The vehicle was being operated by a 17-year-old male at the time of the accident.
And another one goes down.
[Link: Suffolk News Herald]
Seth Coombes, a Exeter University student who towed behind his friend’s car at 27 MPH without dying or getting injured, has apologized for his crimes against humanity, according to a story in the Cambridge News.
“I apologise to any people I may have endangered with my actions and I would like to say that in the circumstances of my life I act with responsibility and care for others.”
Driver Gordon Pottinger was equally apologetic.
“I would like to say how deeply I regret my actions on the day in question. I was foolish, immature, and I’m ashamed. . . “My behaviour was unprecedented – in my driving career of three years I have not been convicted of any driving offence.”
He’s ashamed. And that’s how they handle towing criminals at Cambridge.
[Link: Cambridge News]