A 22-year-old Red Deer man received a severe head injury following a spill while longboarding down the hill on Old Boomer Road Saturday afternoon.
He was subsequently transported by STARS air ambulance to Calgary’s Foothills Hospital where he was in stable condition in the intensive care unit at press time.
A second 22-year-old, who suffered less severe injuries, was transported by ground ambulance to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre where he was treated and released.
RCMP Cpl. James Allemekinders said, three men were heading down the hill at what witnesses described as “a high rate of speed” when two of them hit loose gravel, lost control of their boards and wiped out on the asphalt road surface. The third man was able to maintain control and assisted in providing first aid.
Immediate first aid was provided to both of the injured males by witnesses, including Deputy Fire Chief Steve Scanland who was off duty at the time, said Allemekinders, in a news release.
EMS, police and fire department personnel attended the scene.
A landing zone was established in the field behind nearby École Fox Run School by Sylvan Lake firefighters for STARS.
“None of those involved were wearing safety equipment, including helmets,” said Allemekinders. “While the investigation is ongoing at this time, no charges have been laid and the names of those involved are not being released.”
“Common sense needs to apply when you’re doing that kind of activity, you have to wear helmets,” he said. “You have to wear things like gloves and other safety equipment.”
He indicated, “depending on the nature of this activity” there could be a charge of stunting under the Traffic Safety Act which carries a fine of $402.