Ohio teen dies from fall while 'car surfing'

Teachers and fellow students at a southern Ohio high school are mourning the loss of a sophomore who police say was fatally injured while "car surfing."
Associated Press
Sep 24, 2012

Police in Chillicothe say 16-year-old Jacob Wolfe was riding on the hood of a 1991 Honda driven by another teen in a Walmart parking lot. He fell off and suffered a severe head injury.

The Chillicothe Gazette (http://ohne.ws/Qczq2V ) reports that he died as a result of the injury on Sunday afternoon.

Police are still investigating the incident, but no charges are expected.

Pastors and grief counselors were to be available Monday to help his fellow Chillicothe High School students cope with the loss.

 

Comments

deertracker

Why would anyone think this is safe or fun? It's stupid.

rickross2

Ever been a kid? Stupid=Fun

deertracker

Stupid + fun = DEAD!

Unassumer

Lots of people do stupid things, even as adults. Luckily they don't usually die. You can attribute it to extreme sports or other shows on TV that highlight stunts but kids are gonna do unwise things regardless. It's part of thinking they're invincible. No need to judge them.

thinkagain

So I guess if you caught your son or daughter “car surfing”, you’d think it was just kids being kids? Fine job of parenting…

Unassumer

Lots of people do stupid things, even as adults. Luckily they don't usually die. You can attribute it to extreme sports or other shows on TV that highlight stunts but kids are gonna do unwise things regardless. It's part of thinking they're invincible. No need to judge them.

rickross2

Youtube is to blame.

Smoke

Cowabunga!!

Licorice Schtick

"...no charges are expected." ???!!!

If this isn't reckless operation and vehicular manslaughter, I don't know what is.

Kids aren't held to the same standards as adults, but that doesn't mean a free pass.

The Public isn't safe if someone with judgement this bad this isn't prohibited from driving for awhile, but that's not nearly enough.

This driver is complicit for a death. The Juvenile Court handles this unless the Prosecutor charges the driver as an adult.

If I was more cynical, I might say, "The driver must be white."
But the Chillicothe Gazette actually reported that "...no charges have been FILED" (emphasis mine.) So where is the information coming from that no charges are EXPECTED?

Eph 2 8-10

Stupid is as stupid does....

bobaluey

This is nothing new, they've been doing this out west for years and people have gotten hurt but between you tube and "Jacka$$" the movie, kids will continue to be stupid. More stupid nowadays it seems just to put their vid on line. Oh well...

bobaluey

...next thing it will be ghost riding...stupid edit page isn't working

Randy_Marsh

Good example of darwinism at work.

Super Judge

One less futur liberal voter!

luvblues2

It was a dumb-butt move on his part and the driver surely holds some blame as in slamming on the brakes or cornering too hard. That is no reason to go off and imply genetics or politics had anything to do with it. Just a stupid kid stunt gone wrong.

luvblues2

PS Walmarts have cameras everywhere in case you haven't noticed. I'm pretty sure the driver will be charged.

Unassumer

thinkagain must be an ASSUMEr. and a judgmental one at that.

TheScientist

The parents of the teen who died are asking the police not to file charges against the driver. He is a close family friend, is devestated and wrecked by guilt. The parents say because they are forgiving Christins, they do not want to see charges brought against the driver. After all, it was partly their sons fault as well.

Factitious

Both behaved foolishly but the driver was in control of the situation and therefore carries the greater responsibility for the outcome. The driver obviously lacks the judgement to drive safely. It would be absurd to allow him or her to continue to drive without consequences and without time to perhaps develope better judgement. Accomplishing that requires due process of law. That in and of itself demands that charges be filed.

But that just address the safe driving side of the issue. In addition, a crime was committed.

I can understand the position of the deceased's parents, but that's an unsufficient reason to not charge the driver. The parents can express their feelings through their prerogative to file a civil complaint, or not. But criminal justice in our system is for The People, not just the victims.

After the emotions die down, we would feel foolish indeed if no charges were filed. Especially if the driver goes on to cause more harm.

REDHEADED CHICK

How very sad that such a young life was lost doing something so senseless. I hope that the family can somehow recover from this and teach others from tragic their experience.
And, to all of you insensitive morons that are on here making snide comments: Can you honestly say that YOU never did stupid things when YOU were a kid?

luvblues2

Do you car surf, REDHEADED CHICK?