CANTON, OH (WOIO) - In Canton, police continue to look into a skateboarding accident that killed 16-year-old Dallas Swogger on Friday.
Police say Swogger was holding onto a car while on his skateboard when he lost control, hitting his head on the pavement. He later passed away at Akron Children's Hospital.
The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. on 12th Street NW near Cato Court NW.
According to Sgt. Swank with Canton Police, Swogger was not wearing a helmet when he fell. There were three friends in the car that he was hanging onto and they were all juveniles. There is video that was being taken at the time. Police have that video but are not not releasing it at this time. Police are in discussions with the Summit County Prosecutors office to see if there will be charges for the other teens involved.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Swogger to raise money for his funeral expenses. The creator of that account posted, "Dallas enjoyed riding his bike that he built himself and he was so proud of his bike. He also loved skateboarding. He was a fun and outgoing young man."
The site is looking to raise $10,000. As of Tuesday morning, $245 has been donated.
We reached out Jennifer Walker with University Hospitals Rainbow Injury Prevention Center for guidance. According to her in 2016: 84,414 children ages 19 and under had skateboard-related injuries.
The most serious injuries are head injuries including concussions. "Concussion is an injury that results when the brain strikes the inner wall of the skull," says Walker. "During a concussion, the brain loses its ability to function normally. It may take the brain a while to heal – approximately 40 percent of children have symptoms lasting longer than three weeks."
Even more serious are severe brain injuries. "A severe brain injury can affect all aspects of people's lives, including relationships with family and friends, as well as their ability to work or be employed, do household chores, drive, and/or do other normal daily activities," says Walker.
Helmets for all wheeled rides. (bikes, skateboards, scooters, roller blades)
Make a rule=No helmet/No ride.
Let the child pick out the helmet. More likely to wear it.
Parents using helmets set the example.
Make sure the helmet fits properly
Makes sure friends wear them too.
Reward for wearing it.