An 18-year-old Kaneohe man is listed in critical condition after an early morning skateboarding accident that appears to have involved a car.
“I seen the fire truck and the paramedics, and I seen somebody lying down in the middle of the road, and the paramedics was attending to him,” witness Norman Remigio said.
The teenager was rushed to the Queen’s Medical Center with head injuries. It is unknown if the victim was wearing a helmet.
Honolulu police initially thought it was just a skateboarding accident.
“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,” HPD Lt. Robert Towne said.
“Is it legal for someone, a skateboarder, to grab hold of a moving vehicle?” KHON2 asked.
“It’s not legal and it is also not legal to ride a skateboard on a public roadway also,” Lt. Towne said.
Riding on the streets is a common thing in the Kaneohe neighborhood.
“All the time, they riding skateboard from the top of the hill coming all the way down. And I even stop a couple of them and tell them, ‘You guys should go in the park. What happens if you guys get hurt? Or a car comes and bangs you?’ But they always, Saturday and Sunday riding down this hill. And it’s a good hill to ride a skateboard, but it’s dangerous also,” Remigio said.
“Well, we have a steeper hill on the other side of this community and the kids there wear knee pads and helmets. But even them, they’re skateboarding between parked cars and stuff. Even them, I will talk to them about it, very dangerous,” neighbor Sam Kakazu said.
Police would agree that skateboards are built differently than cars.
“It’s not really designed for that kind of a speed, versus a vehicle. So you don’t have the kind of breaking ability, the steering, or the stability of a vehicle,” Lt. Towne said.
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