This is Why We Need Disclaimers…

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Thanks to a reader for sending this article from WTOP:

“D.C. fire officials say a teenager on a skateboard who grabbed a hook-and-ladder truck that was leaving a fire scene was run over by the apparatus…a 14-year-old male on a skateboard grabbed the truck to be pulled.

The youth fell and the truck ran over his foot. He was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”

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  • I’m not sure what you would have the disclaimer say. “Hey stupid, don’t grab on to moving vehicles while riding your skateboard?” I’d hope this just falls under common sense but what do I know.

  • Thankfully he didn’t end up as a candidate for a Darwin Award. G-d teenage boys are dumb as rocks (and I should know because I was one).

  • What’s the over/under on when the lawsuit will be filed – blaming the DCFD personnel for not noticing the kid had grabbed the ladder?

  • the city should sue the kid

  • Maybe the kid should sue Back to the Future, like how Sarah Silverman sued Home Alone. And not the makers of the movie, but a vhs copy of it.

  • And I just re-watched Back to the Future last night! So ironic…

  • Lucky it wasn’t worse. We used to have great fun getting high as teenagers and grabbing the back of snow plows and getting dragged through the snow lined streets of to be left unnamed New England city. No one ever got hurt (except perhaps all our brains from the dope). It was when we started doing stupid stuff like trying to run into the train tunnel to run down to the first stop inside, or riding on the coupling on the back of trains that kids started getting hurt, big time, like death.

    What’s with all the girls recently getting run over by locomotives on the tracks. Like 3 events in the last 2 weeks. Was there some sort of new teenie movie or something glorifying such behavior?

    • My junior high friend did that, we called it bumper riding. But he did it to a police car.

      Pot was cheaper back then…

  • No disclaimer needed. The child in question and his extended family should be diced and fed to something.

  • It’s called Contributory Negligence. Nice try kid, but you’re SOL.

  • god damn y’all, cut the kid some fucking slack. skitchin’ is fun as hell, it just works better with a consenting driver.

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