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Young Queensland man dies in tragic skateboard accident that saw him fall while hanging onto a car

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Pictured: 19-year-old who died in a horror skateboarding accident in which he fell off while being ‘towed in a vehicle driven by his 17-year-old brother’ just yards from their childhood home

  • Couper Smith, 19, died after falling off his skateboard while hanging from a car
  • His 17-year-old brother is believed to have been driving the vehicle on Friday night
  • The accident happened just yards from their Tamborine home in Queensland
  • Mr Smith was not wearing any protective clothing at the time of the accident










A young man has died in a horrific skateboarding accident just yards from his family’s home after hitching a ride on the back of a car.

Couper Smith, 19, was killed after he lost control of his skateboard while hanging from a vehicle believed to be driven by his 17-year-old brother on Ballantrae Road in Tamborine, Queensland on Friday night.

The horrific accident happened a few yards from the brothers’ home at 11 p.m. and his troubled family were the first to rush to the scene.

Couper Smith, 19, (pictured left) has died after falling off his skateboard while hanging from a vehicle believed to be being driven by his 17-year-old brother in Tamborine, Queensland

Emergency services were called to the nighttime incident in which the 19-year-old suffered serious head injuries, but died before they could transport him to hospital.

“There were a number of bystanders and some of his relatives and it was great that they went out of their way to help him on the scene,” Jayney Shearman, head of operations for the Queensland Ambulance Service, told reporters on Saturday.

“Incidents like this really affect our agents. Our agents show up, they work hard and try to save lives, so situations like this are particularly difficult for them.”

The tragic accident happened just meters from his family's home on Ballantrae Road (Photo: Image of Ballantrae Road)

The tragic accident happened just meters from his family’s home on Ballantrae Road (Photo: Image of Ballantrae Road)

Ms Shearman said Mr Smith was not wearing a helmet or protective gear at the time of the fall.

Police have said they do not believe alcohol or speeding played a role in the tragic accident and no charges have been filed.

“This was a very sad and tragic event resulting in the loss of life and the Queensland Ambulance would like to extend its thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of this young man,” said Ms Shearman.

Ms Shearman said the accident reminds people to think about the risks of participating in a dangerous activity.

It is believed that Mr. Smith was not wearing any protective gear (Couper Smith pictured with his partner)

It is believed that Mr. Smith was not wearing any protective gear (Couper Smith pictured with his partner)

Skateboarding at night is by definition very dangerous,” she said.

“Any time you consider getting involved in this kind of behavior, really assess the risks.”

A Hot Wheels toy car and flowers are placed at the scene of the tragic accident as the community processes the terrible news.

Flowers and a Hot Wheels toy car have been placed at the scene of the tragic accident in memory of Mr. Smith (Couper Smith pictured with his partner)

Flowers and a Hot Wheels toy car have been placed at the scene of the tragic accident in memory of Mr. Smith (Couper Smith pictured with his partner)

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