Skateboard Breaking

Emergency personnel respond to a call about a student who fell off his skateboard while riding down Dickson Street on March 2.

Update: March 6, 12:15 p.m.

UA Police Department officers received a report at 4:45 p.m. on Monday that a student fell while riding his skateboard on Dickson Street, and the student, a male senior, was transported to Washington Regional Medical Center. 

The student was alert and conscious when officials found him, said UAPD Capt. Gary Crain.

Alicia Workman, a junior who witnessed the accident, said she saw him skating up and down Dickson Street when he skidded and fell.

Washington Regional Medical Center officials were unable to give information on the student’s condition at this time.

Keghan “Taffy” Kavanaugh was longboarding down Dickson Street, something he has done “a hundred times before,” when his board came out from under him, he said.

“As I was going down, it was like a strong gust of wind or I just hit a weird spot in the road,” Kavanaugh said. “My board lost control and sent me flying. I was going about 30 to 35 miles an hour.”

His board coming out from under him is the last thing he remembers before waking up in the ambulance and being taken to Washington Regional Medical Center, Kavanaugh said.

Kavanaugh has a fractured ulna and cheekbone and a major case of road rash on his arms and face, he said. 

He will be going back to the doctor Monday to see if he will need surgery for his cheekbone, Kavanaugh said.

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