Wheels of misfortune

On Sept. 29, around 5:30 p.m., I went to the skateboard park with my 10-month-old daughter to sign a waiver for my son. The person that was working there told me I could sign it without him but we both needed to have the same last name. I told him I may have some old ID in my wallet which happened to be in the car. So, I went to get it. Within 2 minutes of my return, I was struck in the back of my leg by a large skateboard while holding my baby. Needless to say, it brought tears to my eyes. The fellow working there told me that I could sit in the chair to fill out the waiver. After I was finished completing the waiver, he asked me if I needed medical attention and I told him I hope not. I hobbled back to the car while carrying my baby. I didn’t realize how bad it hurt until I tried to drive home. My husband took me to the hospital and I was told that I had an Achilles tendon contusion. They put my leg in a splint and sent me home on crutches. I haven’t been able to care for my baby because of this. She’s been staying with my inlaws nearby.

The very next day I called the Parks and Recreation Deptartment and spoke to Paul Adams. I explained to him what happened and he told me that I was probably struck by one of the guys from the Van’s pro skate team while they were warming up. He also told me that he didn’t expect such a turnout and that they didn’t decide to put the sign-in table there until the day of the opening. I asked him to evaluate the entrance so that this doesn’t happen again.

I went to the doctor today and had the splint removed. I now have to wear an ace bandage and yes, I’m still using those crutches. I’m hoping my baby can come home soon.

Suzanne Sundher

The Malibu Times is the first newspaper in Malibu, serving the community since 1946.

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