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Midshipman Dies From Injuries Sustained in Skateboarding Accident

Tina Robinson3 years ago

A midshipman recently died in Baltimore from injuries sustained in a skateboarding accident. The victim, Harris Loewen, 20, was seriously injured on March 22 and had been in a coma, according to Delaware Online.

Details of the Fatal Skateboarding Accident

Reports say that Loewen was camping with fellow midshipmen at Assateague Island National Seashore when the accident occurred.

  • The accident happened on March 22 at approximately 9:30 p.m.
  • Loewen was holding onto the back driver’s side of a Jeep when the skateboard came into contact with the left rear tire.
  • Loewen was thrown from the skateboard, hit the side of the Jeep, hit the ground and was run over by the vehicle’s back tire.

An Assateague Island National Seashore park ranger said that the accident happened in an area where skateboarding was not allowed. The ranger also noted that towing a person on a skateboard with a vehicle is illegal. Alcohol is also believed to have been a factor.

Skateboarding Injury Statistics and Safety Tips

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) estimates that in 2011, more then 78,000 children and adolescents were treated in emergency rooms for skateboard-related incidents. Common skateboarding injuries include sprains, strains and broken bones. Facial injuries such as broken noses and concussions are also common.

The AAOS provides the following skateboarding safety tips:

  • Children under the age of five should not ride skateboards.
  • Riders should wear protective gear such as a helmet, wrist guards, knee and elbow pads and closed-toe shoes.
  • Riders should not skateboard near traffic, on irregular surfaces or in wet weather.
  • Riders should never hold onto a moving vehicle while skateboarding. This move, known as “skitching,” can cause riders to be thrown if the vehicle slows, stops or turns suddenly. 

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