As reported by Contra Costa Times, a 35-year-old man fell from a skateboard today while holding onto a vehicle being driven by 33-year-old man who was allegedly driving under the influence.
Edward Culhane had been riding on his skateboard while holding onto a vehicle-known as car surfing-being driven by Ryan Howell when he fell off, hitting his head on the ground, according to a statement from the Santa Clarita Station. He was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for what were described as serious injuries.
Howell was arrested and booked for felony DUI under California law, the statement said. He is suspected of having been driving the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Car surfing is becoming a deadly trend, particularly in California.
According to a CDC report between 1990 and 2008, 58 people died in car surfing accidents alone, while another 41 were injured.
Car surfing clearly becomes more dangerous when alcohol is involved, leading to a greater risk of injury for the skateboarder and a possible California DUI for the driver.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence in California, it is imperative to consult with an experienced DUI attorney. Contact our California DUI attorneys today.