A Kaneohe neighborhood is grieving after a teenager is killed while riding his skateboard and holding on to the back of a truck. A bouquet of flowers duct-taped to a tree and a pair of shoes mark the spot where 18-year-old Alan Danielson was killed. The make-shift memorial went up along the same street his father says he skateboarded all the time.
"Been doing it since he was a little boy? Yup, but not being pulled by a truck or car – that's the difference. Don't do that!" said Mike Danielson, fighting back tears.
Police say around 2:30 Tuesday morning, Alan Danielson lost control, trying to ride his skateboard while holding on to his friend's truck and slammed head-on into the pavement. Danielson wasn't wearing a helmet.
"He was comatose, his eyes were rolled up. Blood all over the place," described Alan's father.
Police say it's illegal for skateboarders to ride on the road or get towed. They say the 19-year-old driver, a friend of Danielson's, could be charged.
"We have opened at this point a negligent injury case and it will be under investigation," said Lt. Bobby Towne of the Honolulu Police Department.
Danielson's classmates were shocked to learn of his sudden death.
"It's just sad to see someone go so young, who had so much going for them," said Tiana Adams, who was in every class with Danielson and his girlfriend since their freshmen year at Castle High School.
"We both just seen him on Saturday and now he's gone. I'm going to miss him so much," said Summer Kaneshiro crying. "His smile is something that you can't forget."
The deadly accident happened just outside Kim Vierra's home. She says the road's steep incline is popular with skateboarders.
"They're zooming down and I hear them late at night coming down and going up and having a good ol' time, but it's all fun and games until something bad happens," said Vierra.
Councilman Joey Manahan has introduced two bills he hopes will better protect young skaters by requiring helmets at skate parks and on public streets. Bills 30 and 31 were deferred so he can work on how penalties will be carried out.
"We didn't want to penalize them and have them have a record following them throughout their life, but at the same time you also don't want an injury, like a brain injury, sticking with you for the rest of your life," explained Manahan, who said the bills were originally only intended for skateboarders, but he's now considering expanding it to include other wheel-toys, like razors and roller blades.
Manahan saws the law would likely apply to minors 15 years and younger, making it consistent with the City and County's bicycle helmet law.
Mike Danielson says his son did have a helmet, but may have outgrown it. The family just celebrated Danielson's graduation from Castle High, now they'll be planning his funeral.
"The best – happy, fun-loving, caring. Never got into trouble, never. The good ones go," described Alan's father through his tears.