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Pa. teen hurt while car surfing

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

Special to The Vindicator


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.


1redvert(2239 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Just Darwin doing a little cleansing of the gene pool!!!

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2redvert(2239 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Hey everybody watch this. You ain't seen nottin like this before! Darwin candidate!

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3jr99(102 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Natural selection at work. I love it!

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4cambridge(4065 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Kids do stupid things. My friends and I used to wait for the days when the road was a sheet of ice. We would wait at a stop sign. After a car stopped we would run behind it and grab the back bumper and hang on as long as possible. Leather soled shoes were a must. I don't know how any of us weren't killed.

I hope she recovers and other kids learn what not to do,

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

How cool ! The sad part is that one of our becoming liberal leaders has been seriously injured . I wish Natalie well in recovering from this tragic accident .

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6Fairminded(20 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

An absolutely STUPID thing to do. We can not have our kids acting like urbanites. We're no smarter than them. We're "car surfing" robbing banks w/o wearing masks, and we are all over the news channels molesting our children. We're turning out to be no better that the urbanites. Lets not be like them!

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7redvert(2239 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

At that age we felt bullet proof just as kids nowadays do. There was probably just as many injuries back then but didn't get the publicity it does nowadays.

With the internet, a kid can do something dumb in one continent and if it gets on Utube kids around the world are trying it within hours.

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8piak(508 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

When you read this stuff, you gotta wonder about today's kids. And some "friend" who drove the car. Like Forrest Gump said, "Stupid is as stupid does".

The injured girl has some serious injuries. She's going to remember this incident (it wasn't an "accident"-twas on purpose they were out there) for a long time. Ribs and spleen? Bummer!

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