Ashland teen in critical condition after skateboard crash

A Southern Oregon University student found lying unconscious in the middle of a street early this morning after apparently falling from a skateboard remains in critical condition, Ashland police reported.

Police and Ashland Fire & Rescue were called to the intersection of North Mountain Avenue and Larkspur Lane at about 2:15 a.m. Callers reported a man lying in the middle of the street. He was unconscious and appeared to have struck his head on the ground, police said.

Police identified him as Simon Brooks, 19, of Ashland. The initial investigation indicates Brooks suffered a serious head injury after he fell from his skateboard. He was northbound on North Mountain Avenue on his skateboard before the accident occurred and was not wearing a helmet. No motor vehicles are believed to have played a role in the accident, police said.

An ambulance took Brooks to Providence Medford Medical Center, where he is currently listed in critical condition, police said.

Two Ashland skaters have died of head injuries in recent years.

Evan Burke, 21, died March 6, 2005, of injuries suffered when a car hit him while he was skateboarding near the intersection of Mountain Avenue and Siskiyou Boulevard. In June 2010, 26-year-old Jesse Brandsen, of Ashland, died of head injuries sustained in a skateboarding accident on Faith Avenue, newspaper archives show. Neither was wearing a helmet.

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