Skateboarder Dies After Being Towed By Car

MERRITT ISLAND, Florida -- The Florida Highway Patrol is reporting that a skateboarder has died as a result of injuries she sustained from an accident that occurred while being towed behind a vehicle in Merritt Island, Florida.

According to FHP, 17-year-old Haley Hodge of Satellite Beach, Florida was riding on a skateboard that was being towed with a rope from a 2002 Toyota Celica driven by 19-year-old Zachary Byrnes of Rockledge, Florida.

While the Celica was traveling northbound on South Tropical Trail on Merritt Island, Hodge fell off the skateboard and sustained critical injuries.  Hodge was initially transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida but later transferred to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital in Orlando, Florida where she died on Wednesday, October 21, 2014.

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