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Skateboarder Without Helmet Crashes, Has Critical Head Injury

A young man lost control on Bolling Circle in Hamilton on Tuesday afternoon.

A young man without a helmet crashed his skateboard Tuesday on a Hamilton street and was transported to a hospital in critical condition, a Novato Fire District official said.

Captain Robert LaCroix said the skateboarder was found on Bolling Circle at 3:05 p.m. in "an extremely altered state." A crew from the Hamilton fire station took precautions to protect the man against spinal injuries and transported him to Marin General Hospital.

A witness told investigators that the skateboarder was riding downhill on Bolling just east of Kelly Drive when he crashed and struck his head, LaCroix said.

The skateboarder did not have identification on him, LaCroix said, and estimated the man is in his 20s. The Novato Police Department was investigating the incident. 

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Cindi Bunten September 26, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I saw this kid, probably a minute before the crash and he looked like he was in an altered state before the crash.
Susan Levin White September 26, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Not an excuse. ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET....even in your driveway. There's no excuse not to. This can happen to anyone.
c.richards September 26, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Just take a look at the skate park down the road . Kids , no helmets , concrete , no supervision . Whats up with that ?
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr September 26, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Another case of Darwinism. Is it lack of laws or lack of parental supervision, or just a lack of a sense of self-presevation?
early whirly September 26, 2012 at 08:03 PM
My son fell off his BMX when he was 12 and had a contusion. He was taken to Oakland Children's Hospital for overnight observation. It was the scare of our lives. Not enough is done by law enforcement to fine kids who wear no helmet. Here's the law : § 21212. Bicycle helmets; wearing and selling helmets in conformance with law; violations and penalties; use of penalty collections (a) A person under 18 years of age shall not operate a bicycle, or ride upon a bicycle as a passenger, upon a street, bikeway, as defined in Section 890.4 of the Streets and Highways Code, or any other public bicycle path or trail unless that person is wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet that meets the standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI Z 90.4 bicycle helmet standard), the Snell Memorial Foundation's Standard for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling, or the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM F-1447 standard). This requirement also applies to a person who rides upon a bicycle while in a restraining seat that is attached to the bicycle or in a trailer towed by the bicycle.
bella October 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Yes, the police do not enforce the helmet law. However they will ticket a young kid on a bike in the skate park no problem. Those tickets are $226.00. More than a talking or texting ticket while driving. Maybe they should take that money to build them their own park use the money to supply helmets or to educate children more on head injuries. As for the skater, his choice in his 20's. Law only goes to 18.
Alex Bertino October 17, 2012 at 02:29 AM
This was me. I was not in an altered state before the crash and barely have memory of anything after the crash until i was in the hospital. What made me lose control was a car which was blocking the entire street when he/she was backing out of the driveway. I panicked and ended up falling instead of crashing into the car for some reason. I assume the driver just drove away without reporting it and was someone else who did? I'm very grateful that I'm ok, it could have been so much worse. I will not be going down hills like this anymore in the future because the experience made me realize how dangerous it can really be. Head injuries are usually extremely rare when it comes to skating other obstacles which aren't slanted or speedy, this is why only vert and downhill skateboarders tend to wear helmets. I've hit my head skating down a hill once before and was completely fine LUCKILY. So, hills are now out of the picture for me(and should be for other skaters) because of several possible scenarios including reckless drivers. Trust me, knee pads and elbow pads are useless. In all my years of skating, i've never hurt my elbows or knees as well as many other skaters. The body parts to worry about are the wrists and ankles mostly. Being a skateboarder, many different injuries will always be possible however. i understand that and hope other skaters can learn to be more cautious just as i will try to be

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