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Ojai teen dies while 'highway surfing' on skateboard

August 2, 2010 |  3:07 pm

An Ojai teenager has died while trying to “highway surf” with his skateboard on a country road, authorities said Monday.

Witnesses say Cody Doolittle, 18, and another teen were being pulled on their skateboards behind a Jeep on Cuyama Road on Sunday night when Doolittle’s skateboard hit the rear wheel of the vehicle, causing him to fall.

Doolittle, who graduated earlier this year from Nordhoff High School in Ojai, hit his head and was unconscious when emergency crews arrived, said Ross Bonfiglio, spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

Paramedics administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but Doolittle was pronounced dead at the scene. His friend was not hurt, officials said.

Another Ventura County teen was seriously injured in a similar incident less than two months ago, Bonfiglio said. Bonfiglio said highway surfing is "not as uncommon an activity as people think."

"We do hope that this brings attention to how dangerous this activity is,” Bonfiglio said.

The Ventura County district attorney's office has not decided whether to file charges against the 18-year-old Jeep driver in connection with Doolittle’s death.

-- Kate Linthicum