El Paso teen warns about dangers of 'car surfing'

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Friday, June 27, 2014 - 6:31pm

This week, two separate car surfing cases involving teenagers were reported in the borderland. One of those teens, Jose Alonso Perez, 16, remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Car surfing is when people ride outside of a moving car, either on the roof or the hood, while someone else is driving.

Perez was seriously injured Monday night when he fell while surfing on top of a car driven by his 17-year-old friend.

Wednesday night, Doña Ana County Sheriff's deputies arrested Dominic Estrada, 23, for driving drunk while spinning his car in "donuts" near a river levee. Estrada's 14-year-old brother was surfing on the outside of his car, but luckily was not injured.

Although the concept is nothing new, what has changed is the growing popularity on social media.

"People videotape each other for fun," said Dylan Wilburn, a friend of Perez's.

Dylan said he has seen car surfing videos posted on YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there has been a steady rise in deadly car surfing accidents since 2000. Florida, California, and Texas have the highest number of deaths.

The CDC also said car surfing is most common among teenage boys between 15-19 years old.

Car surfing accidents can happen with cars traveling as slow as five miles per hour.

Dylan said he hopes his friends realize the thrill-seeking activity is not worth it.

"Think twice before you do it. It's very dangerous."

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