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Brentwood Teen Injured In Skateboarding Accident

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By: Heather Graf

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 head first."

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 safety."

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.

email: hgraf@newschannel5.com

 

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