FARMINGTON, N.M. — A 21-year-old woman died when a game of car surfing went wrong — one of more than a half dozen deaths so far this year.
Wilberta Becenti of
Becenti was intoxicated when she fell off, Lincoln said. The sheriff's office also is investigating whether the driver was intoxicated; no charges were filed as of Monday in connection with the death.
Last month in
In Columbia Heights, Minn., Andrew Green, 17, knows he's lucky to be alive. Lying on his stomach and holding the front grille of a friend's car, he fell off April 12 and hit the pavement. The injury to his head forced doctors to remove part of his skull and put him into a medically induced coma for a month, reported KMSP-TV, Minneapolis-St. Paul.
“If I ever have the chance to tell someone or stop someone, I want to take that chance," Andrew said as he headed home from the hospital June 2. "I don't want anyone to end up like this, and there is a possibility they could end up even worse than this.”
He faces continuing therapy and more surgery. At the time of his hospital discharge, his headaches still were so severe that it hurt to pick his head up off a pillow.
• Albuquerque: Anthony Baldonado, 11, of Albuquerque died June 11 as he tried to jump on the back of a
• Aurora, Ill.: Stephen Woodcock, 17, of St. Charles, Ill., died May 16, three days after he fell off the passenger-side running board of an SUV in his high school parking lot while his 18-year-old friend was driving and turned left, the Chicago Tribune reported. The SUV's driver, whose name was not released, was cited for reckless driving.
• Rifle, Colo.: Kyle Scholla Cue, 18, of Rifle died April 9, eight days after he fell from sitting on the hood of a vehicle going around a
• Pittsburgh: Ronte Goins-Nelson, 15, fell from the trunk of a car shortly after midnight Feb. 29 and died March 8 without regaining consciousness, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. His cousin, Nadia Goins-Samuels, 23, was charged with homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.
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