Tragic Skitching Death Is An Unfortunate Reminder To Never Skitch
While we don’t often write about the bad things that can happen riding a skateboarding, I felt it was important to take a minute and remind ourselves of something we often forget – Skitching is deadly.
Skitching, for anyone who is unclear, is holding on to the outside of a motor vehicle while riding your skateboard.
Earlier this week, Sandro McIlroy, 16, had an accident skitching, lost control, was not wearing a helmet, and subsequently lost his life.
It is difficult to acknowledge this situation concretely and share this kind of message. No one should have to lose their life skateboarding, and least of all at such young age. But accidents do happen and making ourselves aware and keeping ourselves and others safe is how we make the most of this short life.
If you are unaware of the risks of skitching, please let this message be a warning – helmet or no helmet – skitching should always be avoided.
If you are going to an event, never mind just skating with friends, it is also important to remember that you should not be skitching. Events don’t make it safer to skitch. If event organizers permit skaters to skitch, you should not. You should consider privately raising concern for the safety of those who do chose to skitch with the event organizers.
If you’re a driver, don’t let anyone skitch your vehicle. Ever.
Condolences to the family of the young man in California who passed away. My heart goes out to you. I am very sorry for your loss. And to many others who have lost friends and family members, who were otherwise just acting carefree, enjoying life and skateboarding.
Please skate safe out there. And spread some love every day.