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1 injured, 1 arrested in skateboard towing incident

Posted: April 29, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2013 7:00 p.m.

A 20-year-old Valencia man faces a felony count today for allegedly towing his 19-year-old friend on a skateboard behind his car and crashing into a curb, injuring the friend, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

Both young men had been drinking, the spokesman said.

Dakota Miller was in stable condition at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital on Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said. He suffered moderate to major injuries, the CHP spokesman said.

The driver, Dallas Taylor Hattox of Valencia, has been charged with impaired driving causing injury.

Both young men had been drinking around 7 p.m. Sunday when Hattox allegedly “allowed his friend to hang onto the tailgate of his vehicle while riding a skateboard,” said CHP Sgt. John Lutz of the Newhall Station.

The vehicle was reportedly southbound on Las Canastas Drive north of La Montura Drive, a Valencia neighborhood south of Rio Norte Junior High School, when the crash occurred, Lutz said.

“When he (the driver) attempted to make a right turn, he realized he was going too fast so he applied the brakes,” Lutz said.

The car hit a concrete curb and a concrete wall on the south edge of La Montura Street, he said.

“Party Two (the skateboarder) released his grip on the vehicle prior to the collision and continued to travel south and collided with the concrete curb,” the sergeant said.

“He suffered moderate to severe injuries and was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital,” he said.
The driver suffered minor injuries, he said.

Hattox was arrested at 7:50 p.m. and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

He is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court on Tuesday on a felony charge of impaired driving causing injury.
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