Another only in California story. If a teen sees a stupid person trick on YouTube or anywhere else, he’s bound to see if the stunt, like Christmas tree surfing is really humanly possible.
Never heard of Christmas tree surfing? 101 lesson: Tie a Christmas tree, decorated or not, to the rear end of a vehicle -- it doesn’t matter what kind -- hop on said tree, go for one heck of a ride.
The fad has been chronicled on YouTube, and Orange County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the tree surfing accident in San Clemente when an unidentified 18-year-old man was thrown from a tree being pulled by a Mitsubishi Montero and hurled into a parked car. He received moderate head injuries and is expected to recover, authorities said.
This was also a case of double hanging ten, as there was also a female passenger riding a second tree tied to the same car. She was unhurt, police said, and they don’t know if the young man was sitting or standing when he was thrown from the tree.
Police estimated that the car was traveling at about 20 or 30 miles per hour.
Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department told the Orange County Register he has:
…seen incidents of people riding on top of moving vehicles or being pulled on a skateboard. But this was the first case of Christmas tree surfing he could recall in Orange County.
Since the driver of the car, which witness said was not hers, nor did they know her fled the scene on foot after the accident, the incident is being investigated as a felony hit-and-run, police said.
Officials said the try to discourage anyone from trying out this “extremely dangerous and illegal fad.”
"It's a serious traffic violation," Amormino said. "You have no control over what happens."