Man dies after longboarding accident in Pinebrook
June 8, 2015
Updated info: This article contains updated information as of Tuesday, June 9, at 3:30 p.m., including the victim’s name.
A man in his late 20s died Sunday evening after he suffered head injuries following a longboarding accident on Pinebrook Blvd.
According Park City Fire battalion chief Ray Huntzinger, dispatch received a call sometime around 7 p.m. after the man was found unresponsive on Pinebrook Blvd. Huntzinger said the victim’s family was on scene when Park City Fire arrived at approximately 7:15 p.m. There were no known witnesses to the accident and law enforcement officials do not believe a car was involved.
According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the man got a ride to the top of Pinebrook Blvd. so that he could longboard down the hill. Longboards are longer than typical skateboards and are frequently used for downhill racing and cruising.
The report states the victim was later found by witnesses lying in the street near his parents’ house on Brook Hollow Loop Rd. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered an injury to the back of his head, according to the accident report.
"He was still alive on our arrival, but he was unconscious and unresponsive," Huntzinger said.
The man was taken to the University of Utah hospital within 30 minutes of dispatch receiving the initial call. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
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The Summit County Sheriff’s Office declined to name the individual. However, according to a post on the O’Shuck’s Bar and Grill Facebook page, he was a popular bartender.
"FRIENDS….It is with great sadness that I must report that Main St O’Shucks bartender Keith Mendenhall passed away yesterday following a skateboarding accident. Keith was a member of the Main St. Team for the past 3+ years, and a friend to all that spend time with us at O’Shucks. It breaks my heart to loose a young man with such a warm spirit, and a "not a problem" attitude. A celebration of Keith’s life will be held very soon at O’Shucks Main St….date pending. PEACE…RIP KEITH," the post reads.
There are no rules or statutes in the county to regulate longboarding or skateboarding traffic. Bridge said as long as a rider does not impede traffic, they can be on the street.
The speed limit in the area is posted as 25 miles per hour and multiple pedestrian cross walks are located up and down the curving road. A paved path follows along Pinebrook Blvd. and as the road descends closer to Brook Hollow Loop Rd, the shoulder essentially disappears.
Ross Downard, a resident who lives on Brook Hollow Loop Rd, said he’s never noticed anyone skateboarding on Pinebrook Blvd.
"I’ve seen skateboarding and longboarding kind of all over the place, but it was never on the road," Downard said. "It was always on the path because people fly up and down that road."
Bradley Davidson, a resident who lives on Pinebrook Blvd., said his kids told him they heard the sirens on Sunday night. Davidson said when he was prompted by his kids about what happened, he emphasized the need to wear helmets.
"I used it as lesson," Davidson said. "We skateboard around here on the paths all the time, but they rarely wear helmets. Only when we are mountain biking. But I told them any little rock or bump can turn into a serious accident."