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No charges filed in ‘skitching’ death of Ewa Beach skateboarder

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Honolulu police investigate a hit-and-run incident that left a man riding a skateboard in critical condition in Ewa Beach early Tuesday morning.

Police traffic investigators determined that a 43-year-old Ewa Beach man was “skitching,” hitching a ride on a moving vehicle while riding his skateboard, when he fell and was killed earlier this month.

David Pantohan died June 10 at the Queen’s Medical Center.

Honolulu Police Lt. Carlene Lau, Traffic Division spokeswoman, said witnesses told investigators that Pantohan was holding on to a truck when fell on Ala Loa Street in Ewa Beach at 12:38 a.m. on June 9. No criminal charges were filed in the case.

At least two other deaths have been reported from skitching on Oahu.

On April 17, 2013, Reid Krucky, 16, was killed when he lost his balance and fell while riding a skateboard being towed by a moped. He hit his head on the pavement on Kalani­puu Street in Hawaii Kai, police said. 

Four months later on Aug. 20, 2013, Alan Danielson, 18, was being pulled by a car while riding on a skateboard on Apa­pane Street in Kane­ohe when he lost control of his skateboard and fell, striking his head on the pavement. He died at the hospital three days later.

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