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'Hot-boarding' stunt leaves one man in hospital, another in jail

May 22, 2011 | 12:42 pm

One man was in critical condition Sunday and another man was under arrest after a skateboarding stunt in Santa Clarita, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 5 p.m. Saturday on Cedarfalls Drive while authorities said the two men were engaged in “hot-boarding," a dangerous activity in which a skateboarder holds on to the back of a moving car.

Edward Culhane, 35, fell off the skateboard and received a serious head injury, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies. He was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Medical Center and was reportedly in critical condition.

Ryan Howell, 33, was booked on suspicion of felony driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, deputies said. 

Another hot-boarding crash last month left two men injured, one seriously, in the San Diego neighborhood of Ocean Beach. One of the skateboarders in that incident suffered head injuries when he let go of the car that was towing him and veered into the path of an oncoming truck.


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