A skateboarding accident that took place on Thursday, March 26 left a teen critically injured. The teen was identified as Collin Helms, 17, of Fernandina Beach.
According to the details shared by the Florida Highway Patrol, the incident occurred on the Parkway Drive in Fernandina Beach. Authorities were notified about the incident on Thursday night at around 10 p.m. Helms was skateboarding while clutching on to a Dodge Ram 1500 truck when the crash occurred. As Helms was skateboarding on the road, he somehow lost control. Following this, he fell off the skateboard at a high speed and incurred critical injuries.
As help and rescue personnel arrive on the site of the incident, Helms was rushed to the UF Health Shands Hospital in Jacksonville. As of Friday, he was still under treatment at the hospital and his injuries were reported as life-threatening.
Florida Highway Patrol was assisted by other local law enforcement agencies in handling the incident. These include the Fernandina Beach Police Department.
A number of other occupants were present in the truck when the tragic accident took place. In addition to the driver, three other teens were present in the bed of the truck. The driver and the other occupants of the truck remained safe and didn’t incur any injuries.
Following the crash, the scene of the incident was visited by Captain David Bishop of the local police department. Captain Bishop, in a statement, said that he was familiar with the family of Helms. He also said that the police department was supporting the family through the difficult time they had to face.
Captain Bishop also appreciated the role of FHP in the case, appreciate the help and support extended by the state troopers. A GoFundMe page has also been set up to support the Helms family in meeting the medical treatment costs.
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