Boy dies in Green Cove Springs after falling off skateboard


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GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. — A 14-year-old boy died Saturday after falling off an electric skateboard in Clay County, Florida Highway Patrol reported.

The teen was riding the skateboard in Green Cove Springs on Plantation Ridge Parkway near Evening Breeze Lane at about 8:40 p.m., the crash report said. He fell from the skateboard and hit the road.

He was taken by ambulance to the hospital and pronounced dead, FHP said.

The reason he fell from the skateboard is still being investigated. 

Electric skateboards go different speeds depending on the brand, between a maximum of 22 mph and 68 mph.

There is no recent data on deaths from skateboarding immediately available, but a study by the Journal of Transport and Health says 147 skateboarders were killed in the United States between 2011 and 2015. Most of these deaths were on the road.

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