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Teen Killed in Accident, Skateboarding Without a Helmet

Buckley School student, 17, died after losing control of skateboard and hitting head on pavement.

Jordan Weiss, a 17-year-old senior at Buckley School, has died as a result of injuries suffered last week in an accident on Sepulveda Boulevard, where he was skateboarding without a helmet, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, which confirmed the teen's death.

Coroner's Office Watch Commander Larry Dietz said the official cause of death has not been released, "but it appears the boy suffered severe head injuries after falling and hitting his head on the pavement. He was not wearing a helment."

Witnesses at the scene last Friday afternoon say Weiss was skateboarding down a grade on the 3700 block of North Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks when he lost control. "He couldn't stop himself, and he fell off the board and slammed  his head into the pavement," said Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter.

Paramedics arrived within minutes of the 4:30 p.m. incident and rushed the teen to the trauma center at UCLA, where he died five hours later. Weiss from Studio City, has a younger brother who also attends Buckley.

"Everyone at the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks is in mourning," said a person at the school who asked not to be identified. School officials have not returned our telephone calls.

anonymous February 04, 2011 at 04:46 AM
I would like to make a minor correction to the article. The skateboard accident was at the 3500 block of Alana Drive in Sherman Oaks. I was at the scene shortly after the accident.
Doug Kriegel February 04, 2011 at 06:41 AM
Many thanks for your comment. Would you be kind enough to call me and leave a phone number where you can be reached tomorrow. My number is 818-905-7329. Thanks Doug Kriegel
Uncle Jeremy February 08, 2011 at 12:44 AM
The street above is correct. I visited the site yesterday. My dear nephew died in a freak accident. This was a quiet residential street. He was not doing tricks and I have heard that because he fell over backwards, a helmet would not have helped. Please let's not use this tragic event to ban skateboarding. The video on the page does not show the right street at all. When we were children, we rode our bikes (and those of us who grew up back east skated on ponds and sledded down streets) and none of us wore helmets. We can not and should not supervise kids all the time. They need freedom to have their own activities and grow up. A child is way more likely to be killed by an adult drunk driver than by a skateboarding accident. This event is getting a lot of press because it is rare, not because it is common. Jordan was my cousin's son and my heart goes out to my family.
paul kelley February 10, 2011 at 07:02 PM
My heartfelt condolences to the Weiss family. To Uncle Jeremy’s point, the issue here should not be about banning skateboarding, or how we conducted ourselves . Life is an activity with inherent risk. Some things we do in life--like skateboarding -- enhance the risk. Those risk enhancing activities are important to those who engage in them in part because of the risk and the satisfaction from succeeding in spite of the risk. Doing away with risk enhancing activities should not be the goal. To that extent I agree with Uncle Jeremy. Where I part company with Uncle Jeremy is on taking reasonable measures to mitigate risk, and in this instance a helmet is a reasonable, minimally intrusive, measure to avoid risk. I have serious reservations about the statement that because he fell backward and hit the back of his head , wearing helmet would not have improved this child’s outcome. Look at a ProTec helmet –it provides a good bit of protection to the back of the head. I cannot say if a helmet would have made a difference in this instance—I have no idea—but it does not diminish the fact that anyone can significantly reduce the risk of the game changing injury by taking the simple step of wearing a helmet. As to the statement about the various activities we engaged in as kids (I am 58) my response is simple—luck is not a plan. To paraphrase Mick Jagger: If you’re on your bike tonight, wear a helmet”
bilko May 01, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Paul, you have never skate-boarded if you think a helmet is "minimally" intrusive. Your conclusion about various activities we enjoyed injury free as kids because of luck is misguided. The statistics just don't support it. What is next...helmets for basketball players? Water Wings for high surfers? A muzzle for nosey neighbors (you) trying to regulate a sport/activity that his own uncle fears? The most ludicrous part of your argument is that you actually quote Mick Jagger as your closing argument - like it has anything to do with anything. This article was erroneously written with the slant that a helmet would have saved Jordan's life; the next logical step being that since NOT wearing the helmet, the death was actually Jordan's fault and not just a freak accident. My heart goes out to Jordan's family. Please don't let guys like Paul ruin Jordan's memory of doing something I assumed he loved.


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