DRAPER, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A dangerous trend that has been around for years put a Draper teen in the hospital. Now her father is sharing a warning on Good Morning American for anyone thinking about joining in on the trend.
The popularity of car surfing -which has been around since the 1980’s made famous by Michael J. Fox riding on the hood of a car in “TeenWolf” – has grown in popularity. The stunt has been more prevalent in recent years with several video games like Grand Theft Auto, and T.V. shows, like MTV’s ‘Jackass,’ showing people riding on the hood of cars. Just Google the term and you will find thousands of videos of people doing it.
“It’s a risky and dangerous…” said Kevin Kener.
“…I’ve heard car surfing quite a bit and it’s all over Youtube but you never think it’ll happen to you,” said Kener.
But on May 4, 2015, it did happen to Kener and his family. His daughter, Sydney, was with a friend on Mike Weir Drive in Draper when they decided to try car surfing.
13-year-old Sydney, rode on the outside of the vehicle while her 16-year-old friend put the car in motion and headed down Mike Weir Drive. Suddenly, Sydney fell off and suffered severe trauma to the back of her head. Initially, she was taken to Intermountain Medical Center but considering her age she was transferred to Primary Children’s Medical Center where she was put in a medically induced a coma and placed in the ICU for two weeks.
“Don’t even think about this activity, the torture and pain we went through for 2 weeks. All you kids, it’s not funny,” added Kener.
According to a 2008 report released by the Center for Disease Control, there were 99 reports of car surfing between 1990 and 2008. 58% of those reports were fatal. Now with the summer kicking off, Kevin hopes his family’s experience will have kids thinking twice.
“Find something to do, do the right thing, it’s life or death, it’s serious. [Parents] have a talk with them, show them Sydney’s picture, I think they’ll get the picture on that,” said Kener.
After 10 days in the hospital Sydney was released from the hospital and is back home, but her father says it will be a summer full of recovery. While his daughter survived the ordeal, he hopes this is a lesson to other’s thinking about acting reckless.