Skateboarding has come a long way since the days of the California droughts where teenagers invented the sport in their backyard swimming pools. It’s set to become an Olympic sport this year. However, parents and children should be aware that while it is a fun sport, it also has its dangers. In 2017, over 98,000 people received treatment in hospital emergency rooms for injuries they obtained while skateboarding. More than 47,000 of those injured were aged 15 to 24. Wrists usually take most of the damage with sprains and fractures, but elbow injuries and head injuries are also very common.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that a young boy has received a traumatic head injury after being run over by a neighbor after falling off his skateboard.
The incident occurred near the intersection of Herbert Hayes Drive and Duke Drive in Lawrenceville at about 3:00 P.M. on Saturday.
The 10-year-old boy was riding his skateboard near the intersection when he fell. The fall threw the boy several feet into the road, where a neighbor ran over him. The child’s stepfather rushed the boy to Gwinnett Medical Center.
The child was wearing a bicycle helmet when he crashed, but he still suffered from bleeding in the brain. He was taken by helicopter to Children’s Healthcare Atlanta at Egleston, where he was put into the pediatric intensive care unit.
The driver who ran over the boy was traveling in the far-left lane attempting to avoid a car parked on the right side of the road. Investigators determined that the accident was not the driver’s fault. No citations were issued.
The incident was captured by a neighbor’s surveillance camera.
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