The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office has filed one count of criminally negligent homicide against a 16-year-old Ralston Valley High School student.
The 16-year-old teen was driving the Ford Mustang pulling 16-year-old Ryan Bailey on his skateboard. Bailey became disconnected from the moving vehicle and was hit by the Mustang, costing Bailey his life from the injuries.
"We strongly encourage parents to talk to their teens about the danger this activity presents," said Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey. "This is a tragedy and it affects everyone in the community."
The teen has his first court appearance on March 25, 2009
Ryan Bailey, a 16-year old sophomore student at Ralston Valley High School, loved skateboarding.
On Wednesday, February 25, 2009, this love and taking a dangerous risk cost him his life. In an activity known in skater's slang as "skitching," a combination of skating and hitching a ride, skateboarders use the speed of a car to pull them along on a skateboard.
Around 1 pm, Ryan Bailey was riding his skateboard when he grabbed hold of the driver's door of a Ford Mustang driven by another teenager in the 12100 block of W. 82th Avenue. The car was pulling Bailey along on the skateboard, picking up speed when he fell off the skateboard and was run over by the car. He was not wearing a helmet.
Bailey died Thursday morning.
Arvada police spokeswoman Susan Medina voiced concern over kids grabbing onto cars to pull them along on skateboards.
"Skateboards are small pieces of wood with small wheels on them," said Medina. "They were never intended to go the speeds that a car may travel, even at slow speeds."
This was the second such tragic accident in Arvada in the last four months.
Another teenager was killed in Arvada in a similar manner. On Sunday, October 5, 2008 around 12:30 pm, 17-year-old Austin Ayers was believed to be riding his long skateboard in the southbound bike lane in the 6500 block of Oak Street. At some point, he held onto the passenger-side front door or window of a Jeep Wrangler being driven by a 34-year-old man. When Ayers let go of the jeep, he was struck by the vehicle, and then hit the pavement. He died from his injuries at a local hospital.