Arrest Made in Fatal Florida Car Surfing Accident

by Carmen Dellutri on November 25, 2011

Fort Myers personal injury attorney“Car surfing” is becoming a dangerous fad among teens in Florida and across the country. For those unfamiliar with the dangerous activity, passengers of moving vehicles perform various stunts, including hanging out of the car or “surfing” on the hood, trunk, or on the roof of the vehicle while it is in motion.

Just how dangerous is car surfing? A 2008 study by the United States Centers for Disease Control identified 58 newspaper reports of car-surfing deaths and 41 reports of nonfatal injury from 1990 through summer 2008. Most reports of injury were found in U.S. Midwest and Southern newspapers (75%), largely involving males (70%) and youths aged 15-19 (69%). Alarmingly, the majority (58%) of reported car surfing accidents were fatal.

In Florida, DeBary teen Joshua Ritter was recently charged in the deaths of two friends, Hunter Perez and Carlos Velazco, both 18, following a fiery car-surfing accident. Authorities say Ritter, Perez, Velazco and two other teens drove up and down Fort Florida Road taking turns hanging on the side of the vehicle as it reached speeds of up to 80 mph.

According to Volusia County sheriff's investigators, Joshua Ritter was behind the wheel, while Velazco was car surfing, as it careened out of control on a dirt portion of the road. As Ritter lost control of the vehicle, Velazco, of DeBary, fell off the vehicle and ended up in a ditch; he was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, Another passenger riding on the bumper of the SUV was tossed to the ground as the vehicle flipped and came to a rest on its side.

While Ritter and another teen were able to get out of the vehicle before it burst into flames Perez never made it out. Tragically, he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities.

Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal

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