Columbia Heights teen critically injured in 'car surfing' incident


One teenager has been critically injured in what officials are calling a "car surfing" incident.

According to the Anoka County Sheriff's Office, Columbia Heights police were called Tuesday night around 10 p.m. about an unresponsive male in the road near the 2100 Block of Forest Drive.

When officers arrived, they were met by a group of teens who'd been driving around the residential area. Officials say two boys had been riding on the hood of a vehicle.

One of the boys – a 17-year-old from Columbia Heights – fell off, the sheriff's office says. The vehicle was traveling about 20 mph at the time.

He's been taken to North Memorial Hospital.

The police department and sheriff's office are investigating.

According to a study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 58 people died and 41 were injured in car surfing accidents between 1990 and 2008.

The activity is most popular in the Midwest and the South. And most incidents involve teenage boys.

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