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Minnesota teenager dies from injuries in skateboard accident

A 19-year-old man died Tuesday night after a skateboarding accident in St. Paul, police said Wednesday. Gunnar Miller, of Eagan, had been skateboarding in the Merriam Park area while holding onto the side mirror of a car of a friend who was drivi...

A 19-year-old man died Tuesday night after a skateboarding accident in St. Paul, police said Wednesday.

Gunnar Miller, of Eagan, had been skateboarding in the Merriam Park area while holding onto the side mirror of a car of a friend who was driving, said Sgt. Paul Paulos, a St. Paul police spokesman. Miller let go of the mirror, traveled a short distance, fell, and hit his head on the street several times, Paulos said.

Police were called to the accident at Carroll and Prior avenues about 1 p.m. Tuesday. They found Miller on the ground with a possible head injury, Paulos said.

Paramedics took Miller to Regions Hospital, where he died Tuesday night, Paulos said.

The 23-year-old man driving the car was on the scene of the accident and cooperative with officers, Paulos said. Police checked and found he had no alcohol in his system. He was not ticketed.

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The driver told police that he’d been at a stop sign when he saw Miller, a friend of his, Paulos said.

Miller asked if he could go "skitching" - the act of a skateboarder holding onto a moving car, according to the police spokesman.

Police are investigating how fast the car was travelling. Paulos said the driver hadn’t gone far when Miller let go.

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