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A Kaneohe teenager who died after a skateboarding accident early Tuesday morning was apparently skitching. It’s a dangerous craze, popular among the skating community.
This is the second time this year that a skateboarder died from skitching. The stunt involves hitching a ride by holding onto a moving vehicle while riding on a skateboard, roller skates, or a bicycle.
Skateboard and roller skate skitching were made popular by video games.
Bicycle skitching is frequently done by bicycle messengers in urban areas. More often than not, driver don’t know that someone has hitched a ride on their bumper.
“And that apparently this morning, when they were riding down the hill, the skateboarder latched onto the vehicle, and at some point lost, control of the skateboard and collided with the roadway,” Honolulu Police Department Lt. Bobby Towne said.
A national report shows that 42 people died from skateboarding accidents in 2011 — 11 in California, four in Texas, three in Virginia, and one in Hawaii.
The Hawaii victim was former Hawaii Pacific University basketball player Kamreon Steinhoff of Kaneohe.
Nationwide, two people who died that year were skitching, 13 from what’s known as bombing, which is speeding down a long straightaway hill.
Skitching is illegal in every state.