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Skateboarder dies after losing control, falling, landing on head in Winter Park

Police say he wasn't wearing a helmet
Posted at 8:29 AM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 10:29:54-04

WINTER PARK, Colo. — A man died after he lost control of his skateboard in Winter Park, fell and landed on his head.

Shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday, authorities in Grand County were notified of an incident involving a skateboarder in Winter Park, near the intersection of Old Down Drive and Winter Park Drive.

When first responders arrived, they found a man face down on the pavement. He was not breathing and was bleeding heavily from his head. He was transported to the East Grand Community Clinic, where he was pronounced deceased, according to the Fraser Winter Park Police Department.

Witnesses at the scene said they had seen the man skateboarding at a high rate of speed westbound down Old Town Drive. He made a right turn onto Winter Park Drive, lost control and was thrown from the skateboard. The witnesses said he landed on his head in the southbound lane of Winter Park Drive. He wasn't wearing a helmet.

The man was identified as 38-year-old William Harding of Granby.

Skateboarding — as well a riding of any other "toy" vehicle — is prohibited on public streets, according to the Fraser Winter Park Police Department.