A homeless double amputee commuting by skateboard was seriously injured after a collision with a truck early Thursday morning in Ocean Beach.
According to the San Diego Police Department, the collision took place just after 1:50 a.m. on Santa Monica Avenue, where the homeless man riding on his stomach reportedly grabbed on the undercarriage of a tractor trailer when the vehicle made an unexpected turn and crushed his midsection.
The homeless man, who has been identified as 36 year old Brian Conner, a veteran of the Army, suffered major internal injuries and damage to his pelvis. He was quickly taken to nearby UC San Diego Medical Center, where he remains listed in critical condition.
Investigators reported that the truck driver had no indication that there was a homeless skateboarder underneath his vehicle, and is unlikely to be charged or issued a citation. It is unclear if Conner was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident.
Brian Conner is no stranger to locals in the area, who have become entirely accustomed to seeing him scoot through town. “He’s kind of hard to miss because he’s on a skateboard and he doesn’t have any legs and he pushes himself around on his knuckles,” said Jim Grant, a photographer from Ocean Beach.
“I’ve seen him grab onto cars and kind of be pulled up a couple times and I always thought, ‘Whoa, that’s pretty dangerous. That’s kind of like ‘Back to the Future’ stuff’, and it’s not too smart,” he added.
Conner’s family and friends also commented that this was not the first time that he had attempted to catch a ride off a passing vehicle, having been forced to use the skateboard since he lost his legs while serving in Bosnia in the 1990s.
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