A 15-year-old male teen was killed after falling off his skateboard in a skitching accident in Manhattan Beach last Friday night.
The accident occurred around 7:33 p.m. in the 500 block of Epping Road near Palos Verdes High School.
The teen was riding a skateboard while being pulled by a Jeep, a trick called “skitching” amongst skaters, when he fell.
The Jeep was traveling 10 miles per hour when the teen lost control of his skateboard and struck the right rear tire. He then fell off and hit his head on the ground.
The boy was transported to Torrance Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his head injuries and died.
He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the fall.
CHP is currently investigating the accident. No charges have been made.
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