- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The death of a teenager in a skateboarding accident has St. Paul police warning of the dangers of a practice known as “skitching.”

Nineteen-year-old Gunnar Miller of Eagan had been skateboarding in the Merriam Park area Tuesday night while holding onto the side mirror of a car driven by a friend. Sgt. Paul Paulos says Miller let go of the mirror and fell, hitting his head on the street. He died at Regions Hospital that night.

Paulos tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press (https://bit.ly/1sMguuQ ) that “skitching” may look exciting on TV or the internet, but it can be dangerous - as proven in this case.

Paulos says a similar wintertime practice called “hookie bobbing” can be just as dangerous. That’s when a person holds on to a moving vehicle while sliding along the snow or ice.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, https://www.twincities.com


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