BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - A Brentwood teenager is fighting for his life after a
skateboarding stunt took a scary turn. Now, emergency responders say they
are seeing accidents like this one far too often.
Authorities say the 15-year-old was holding on to the back of his friend's
car and surfing down the street on his long board when he lost his balance
around 5 p.m. Friday on River Oaks Road.
"He lost his balance- too much speed for the skateboard; it's not what
it's designed for," said Assistant Chief David Windrow with the Brentwood
Fire Department. "And he tumbled, obviously, and landed on the road
Neighbors who called 911 described a bloody scene. They say the young boy
was breathing, but wasn't conscious.
Windrow said he suffered serious head injuries.
"You know, kids think they're so invincible. They don't think it can
happen to them," he said. "Their family's picking up the pieces
of their lives sometimes after these events. Think about your
The teen was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where he remains in
critical but stable condition.
All day on Saturday, friends and classmates sent out support and prayers for
him through social media. One of those posts said the car he was holding on to
was only going about 10 miles an hour. Still, authorities say no matter
the speed, car surfing is incredibly dangerous.
They hope parents take this opportunity to talk to their kids, and remind
children and teens they are not invincible. Brentwood Police are still
investigating the incident but so far, no charges have been filed.