“Car Surfing”: Dangerous New Trend
KSAL Staff - October 10, 2013 7:23 am
Two people have died this year in Ellis County “car surfing”.
It’s a dangerous trend. Teens and adults alike standing on moving vehicles, pretending to surf.
“We haven’t seen a lot of it recently, however, it started to come to light with the accident up in Ellis County and also some of the YouTube videos that are out there,” said Lt. Joe Schroeder, Wichita Police Department.
The most recent last week when police say Austin Fox took the wheel while drinking.
Then, near the 3000 block of 140th Avenue, 20-year-old Ronald Rummell climbed onto the hood of the car but fell off. Fox hit the brakes running over his friend.
Police say Brittnie Walker also caused the death of friend, Jordan Schreurs, who fell off a car near 210th Avenue and Mount Pleasant Road in Ellis County while riding on top at speeds up to 45 miles per hour.
Fatalities that Schroeder says can easily be avoided.
“Common sense should dictate to people that they don’t do things such as this. Unfortunately, you have some folks who don’t seem to demonstrate a lot of common sense when they get behind the wheel of a car.”
If the dangers of car surfing doesn’t deter you, police hope the possible punishments will.
Fox’s case is still under investigation, but Walker faces charges ranging all the way to vehicular homicide.
Story by Ashley Arnold / KSN News