The Edmond Sun

March 25, 2013

Police: Car-surfing teen remains in critical condition

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A 16-year-old teen is in critical condition after he was tossed from the hood of a car going an estimated 60 mph in an Edmond neighborhood, police said.

Monday afternoon, police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said the other teen injured while “car surfing,” Friday evening, a 15-year-old, is in critical condition, but has improved. The investigation into what happened on Running Branch Road, which is located south of 15th Street and east of Bryant, continues. The nature of any potential criminal charges will depend on the medical outcomes, Monroe said.

Monroe said there were other teens at the scene who were varying ages and attended many different schools. As many as seven teens were inside the vehicle, a Chevy Trailblazer, Monroe said.

Edmond Public Schools spokeswoman Susan Parks-Schlepp said one victim attends Santa Fe High School, while the other attends North High School. The district did not have any additional counseling staff at its high schools Monday, but is prepared to do so if needed, Parks-Schlepp said.

Monroe said at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, a call came in as a double auto-pedestrian incident on Running Branch. Officers found two teens injured, lying in the street about 50 yards apart. Monroe said officers believe the car was traveling about 60 mph in the residential area.  

An officer began performing CPR on one of them until EMSA arrived, Monroe said. The victims were transported to the OU Medical Center-Presbyterian Tower.

A 15-year-old was driving the Chevy Trailblazer, which was owned by an 18-year-old, Monroe said. The activity is known as “car surfing” or “cowboying,” riding on the hood of a moving vehicle. Monroe said officers could not recall an incident like this during the past 10 years in Edmond.

Monroe said because teens at the scene were from a number of different schools it is important for parents to talk about the dangers of this activity with their children.

Monroe said the Police Department will continue its investigation and involve city officials including the city attorney. Unanswered questions include why the teens decided to engage in the activity, she said.

Officers do not think alcohol was involved in the incident, Monroe said.



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