Skip to comments.Honorable Mention for a Darwin Award: Bellingham teen injured in sledding accident
Posted on 11/30/2006 4:25:30 PM PST by Bean Counter
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - An Bellingham teen was injured in a sledding accident early Thursday morning.
Police say 18-year-old Brian Johnson was sliding on a metal sled down a large hill in the Fairhaven neighborhood at about 5:30 a.m. when he entered the intersection of 11th St. and Taylor Ave. and ran into a small pickup driven by 34-year-old Michael Norton of Bellingham.
Johnson, a Sehome High School student, was taken to St Joseph Hospital with head and leg injuries. He is expected to recover.
Police said it appears that Johnson was sledding alone at the time and had come from several blocks higher up the hill on Taylor Ave. Investigators believe he had gone through at least three stop signs as he made his trip down the hill.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.
Johnson was dressed in all dark clothing and Norton did not see the sled approaching. He was not cited for any violations.
Police said it's illegal to sled in the roadway.
I wonder how fast this dumba$$ was going when he hit the truck...
Just a mistake. No one should be callous about this.
I tried a lot when I was younger but I never got any awards.
Unless that's his small head, he hasn't lost his ability to reproduce and therefore does not qualify for a Darwin Award.
Me, too. The best I ever did was drive off a 50 foot embankment looking for flying saucers....
Bumper dragging was our main method of transportation during the winter in my little town. Grab a bumper, crouch low and hang on. Be ready for ice free patches of street.
I dunno, it's pretty easy to make this mistake, especially if the hill is iced.
I watched my eight-year-old brother go three blocks after exiting the "sledding area" in Nez Perce Idaho about thirty-five years ago. We had an awesomely steep hill and about 300 feet of road reserved especially for sledding. The sled hill was over by the combine yard, and if you managed to not hit a bump and go flying into the machinery it was considered a triumph.
So when little brother missed all the roadblocks and went sailing down the street deep into downtown Nez Perce, it was one for the highlight reel. I think he was going about sixty miles an hour or so. It wasn't planned, but it sure was exciting - especially when he narrowly missed being squashed by traffic (two cars) down by the pharmacy.
My parents heard about it from the authorities in about five minutes. They did not appreciate the accomplishment...
Hold mah beer an' watch this !
Wow! What a story you have.
That's easy. Zero mph.
But, he was going a lot faster, just before he hit the truck.
Sledding has it's risks that is for sure.
At age 10, I sled down a hill onto a frozen lake, the ice adds to the speed and distance one travels. Most of the guys dragged their feet after a certain distance.
They were older and wiser. I wanted to see how far I could go. Big mistake.
As I coasted to a stop I heard the unmistakable sound of ice cracking. Fortunately, I spread myself out and crawled to safety.
Of course, we sent our six year old cousin back out to get the sled!!
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