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January 16, 2006

Resident seeks skateboard park

Green wants city to provide alternative to skaters

In the aftermath of Saturday’s tragic skateboarding accident involving a 12-year-old middle school student, Jason Green has decided to take his plea for a skateboarding park to the City Council.

Green, owner/operator of Jason Green’s Skateboards, a downtown shop that specializes in skateboards and skateboarding attire, equipment and accessories, spent most of Monday waiting for a call from family or friends of Charles Drew Wildman, who was seriously injured in a skateboarding accident involving a vehicle Saturday.

According to eyewitnesses and Cullman police investigating the incident, Wildman, a seventh-grader at Cullman Middle School, was injured just before noon when he fell beneath a car he was reportedly holding on to while it was in motion on Sixth Street Southwest between Hickory and Austin avenues.

The 12-year-old’s skateboard is believed to have hit a bump as he was holding on to the driver’s side of the vehicle. He reportedly fell and the vehicle “ran over him,” witnesses told police.

Wildman, who reportedly suffered head trauma and other injuries, was airlifted by MedFlight helicopter to Huntsville Hospital where he remained in critical condition Monday in the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit.

“We know the family. We know the kid. I sold him his first skateboard and it’s probably the one he was riding when he had the accident. I just feel terrible about what happened,” said Green, owner/operator of Jason Green’s Skateboards, located at 114-A Fourth Street SW in Cullman, a shop that specializes in skateboards and skateboarding accessories.

While a “good skater,” Green said Wildman doesn’t have the skills a more experienced skateboarder possesses and never should have attempted a stunt as dangerous as holding on to a moving vehicle.

“He should not have been holding onto a car, but the truth of the matter is that every skater on Earth is guilty of doing it whether the driver knows about it or not,” Green said. “I’m just sick about this.”

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