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Pa. teen hurt while car surfing



Published: Thu, August 5, 2010 @ 12:06 a.m.

Special to The Vindicator

HERMITAGE, Pa.

Natalie Huff, 17, of 101 Orange Street, New Castle, remained in the intensive care unit at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown, on Wednesday with multiple injuries she suffered after being run over by a car Tuesday while “car surfing.”

Hermitage Deputy Police Chief Brian Blair said both driver’s side wheels ran over Huff’s midsection. She suffered seven broken ribs, a ruptured spleen and a broken pelvis and had to be life-flighted to the Youngstown hospital.

Blair said that at 2:27 p.m. Tuesday, a Hermitage police officer noticed Huff on the hood of the car which was traveling south in the parking lot of a plaza located just south of the intersection of Pa. Route 18 and East State Street. Before the officer could reach her, Huff slid off the hood and was run over by the car which he reported was not moving at a high rate of speed.

The car’s driver was Huff’s friend, Heather Clevinger, also 17, of 409 S. Main St., Greenville. No charges have been filed yet, but Blair said a report of the accident has been sent to the Mercer County District Attorney for review. Blair remarked that both girls have culpability in the accident. He said there was no assault involved, but that the incident was “a matter of a deficiency in judgment.”

Blair said that “car surfing” is not common in Hermitage.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “car surfing,” where a person rides on the hood, trunk or roof of a moving vehicle, has resulted in at least 99 deaths or serious injuries between 1990 and 2008. Victims are mostly teenagers.

According to Wikipedia, the practice was popularized by two movies.


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